'Transparency' is widely canvassed as a key to better governance, increasing trust in public-office holders. But transparency is more often preached than practised, more often referred to than defined, and more often advocated than critically analysed. This volume exposes this fashionable doctrine to critical scrutiny from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including political science, philosophy and economics.
The volume traces the history of transparency as a doctrine of good governance and social organization, and identifies its different forms; it assesses the benefits and drawbacks of measures to enhance various forms of transparency; and examines how institutions respond to measures intended to increase transparency, and with what consequences.
Transparency is shown not to be a new doctrine. It can come into conflict with other doctrines of good governance, and there are some important exceptions to Jeremy Bentham's famous dictum that 'the more closely we are watched, the better we behave'. And instead of heralding a new culture of openness in government, measures to improve transparency tend to lead to tighter and more centralised management of information.
...admirably argued, intellectually stimulating. * Alan Alexander, Scottish Affairs *
Christopher Hood: Transparency in Historical Perspective
David Heald: Varieties of Transparency
Patrick Birkinshaw: Transparency as a Human Right
David Heald: Transparency as an Instrumental Value
Onora O'Neill: Transparency and the Ethics of Communication
Andrea Prat: The More Closely We Are Watched, the Better We Behave?
Alasdair Roberts: Dashed Expectations: Governmental Adaptation to Transparency Rules
Andrew McDonald: What Hope Freedom of Information in th UK
James Savage: Member State Bedgetary Transparency in the Economic and Monetary Union
David Stasavage: Does Transparency Make a Difference? The Example of European Council of Ministers
Jean Camp: Varieties of Software and their Implications for Effective Democratic Government
Helen Margetts: Transparency and Digital Government
Christopher Hood: Conclusion
Series: Proceedings of the British Academy
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 7th October 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.8
Weight (kg): 0.52