The main goal of the seminar is to analyse the fluctuations on transparency levels in Portuguese municipalities and reflect on the causes of these fluctuations. The seminar will also define the concept of governmental transparency, present a market approach to transparency and identify the causes of fluctuations in transparency levels, while also presenting solutions to tackle transparency deficits in Portuguese municipalities.
António Tavares is Associate Professor and Director of the PhD in Administrative Sciences programme, and Chair of the Department of International Relations and Public Administration at the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal. On 1 July he was appointed Adjunct Associate Professor of the United Nations University Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV) for a two-year period.
He is co-editor of the Urban Affairs Review, the journal affiliated with the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. His research interests comprise topics in the fields of local government and urban politics, including policy-driven electronic governance, territorial reforms, urban and regional governance, and political and civic engagement. His research has been published in a wide range of journals in political science, public administration and urban studies, including the Journal of Urban Affairs, Local Government Studies, Policy Studies Journal, International Review of Administrative Sciences, and Public Management Review. He is a member of the team that annually publishes the Municipal Transparency Index, based on information available on the official websites of Portuguese local governments.
António received a PhD in Public Administration and Policy from the Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University, a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Minho, Portugal, and a BA in Organizational Sociology from the University of Minho, Portugal. He teaches Local Government, Theories of the Policy Process, and Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation and is involved in professional training for upper-level civil servants in the fields of public policy and public administration.
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