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Päivi Lujala and Levon Epremian

Transparency and public accountability are core concepts in anti-corruption policies. This chapter on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative challenges the assumption that increasing transparency and informing the public about natural resource revenues will lead to more equitable revenue management. Policy and practice initiatives that cast people’s action, or lack of it, mainly as behavioural problems should more carefully consider how people manoeuvre within structures that may prevent collective action for change, and what can be done about it, rather than relying on the hope that transparency and public information will in themselves bring about effective forms of accountability. Keywords: Transparency, accountability, EITI, anti-corruption discourse, resource revenues