Norm Diffusion and Reputation: The Rise of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

TitleNorm Diffusion and Reputation: The Rise of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsDavid-Barrett E., Okamura K.
JournalGovernance-an International Journal of Policy Administration and Institutions
Volume29
Issue2
Pagination227-246
Date PublishedApr
ISBN Number0952-1895
Accession NumberWOS:000372659900005
Abstract

Transparency in the extractives sector is widely seen as an important tool for improving accountability and deterring corruption. Yet for those very reasons, it is a puzzle that so many governments in corruption-prone countries have voluntarily signed up to greater scrutiny in this area by joining the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). We argue that EITI serves as a reputational intermediary, whereby reformers can signal good intentions and international actors can reward achievement. International and domestic actors thus utilize EITI to diffuse the norm of resource transparency and to advance reformist aims in a highly problematic policy area.

DOI10.1111/gove.12163