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Transparency : The Key to Better Governance? - Christopher Hood


The Key to Better Governance?

By: Christopher Hood (Editor), David Heald (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 7th October 2006
ISBN: 9780197263839
Number Of Pages: 246

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'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

ISBN: 9780197263839
ISBN-10: 0197263836
Series: Proceedings of the British Academy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 7th October 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.8  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.52