Open Budgets: The Political Economy of Transparency, Participation, and Accountability

Rigorous analysis of the causes and consequences of fiscal transparency is thin at best. Open Budgets seeks to fill this gap in existing knowledge by answering a few broad questions: How and why do improvements in fiscal transparency and participation come about? How are they sustained over time? When and how do increased fiscal transparency and participation lead to improved government responsiveness and accountability?

(Brookings, 2013)


Full Disclosure: The Perils and Promise of Transparency

"Packed with ideas and information, Full Disclosure is, by far, the best book to date on the problem of public transparency. The authors offer a host of indispensable lessons for citizens and policymakers in diverse domains, including education, pollution, nationalsecurity, and health care. At the same time, Full Disclosure is animportant contribution to democratic theory —and a great read to boot." Cass Sunstein, University of Chicago

(Cambridge University Press, 2007)


Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Undermine Citizen Participation and What We Can Do About It

“Democracy at Risk is an... impressive collaboration of which political scientists can be proud, this book should be of interest to all who care about the state of citizenship, and what may be done to improve it.” Theda Skocpol, Harvard University

(Brookings Institution Press, 2005).


Empowered Participation: Reinventing Urban Democracy

"Fung rediscovers the best traditions of American self-government... in a book bristling with insight... that should be required reading for every student, scholar, and citizen of Democracy." Lani Guinier, Harvard University.

(Princeton University Press, 2004). Check out the book on Amazon.Com.


Deepening Democracy: Institutional Innovations in Empowered Participatory Governance

“This is an inspirational political critique but at the same time a program for critical politics.” Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley

(With Erik Olink Wright) (Verso Press, 2003). Check out the book on Amazon.Com.


Can We Put An End To Sweatshops?

“If Kathy Lee Gifford had read this brief but potent and provocative book, not only might she have avoided her public humiliation as a sweatshop profiteer off the labor of underpaid women in Honduras, but she might even have had a few intelligent solutions to the problem.” Publishers Weekly

(With Dara O'Rourke and Charles Sabel) (Beacon Press 2001). Check out the book on Amazon.Com.


Working Capital: The Power of Labor's Pensions

"Working Capital... shows that great wealth can be invested in line with the values of workers as well as their economic self-interest.... The implications for American society are awesome." William Greider

(Edited, with Tessa Hebb and Joel Rogers), Forward by Leo Gerard (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2001). Check out the book on Amazon.Com.


Beyond Backyard Environmentalism

(With Charles Sabel and Bradley Karrkainen), Forward by Hunter Lovins and Amory Lovins (Boston: Beacon Press, 2000). Check out the book on Amazon.Com.


Constitution, Democracy, and State Power: The Institutions of Justice

A four volume reference collection, edited by Joshua Cohen and Archon Fung (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, May 1996). Check out the book on

Introduction: Just Institutions (download the introduction)