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Transparency In A New Global Order

Unveiling Organizational Visions
Edited by Christina Garsten, Professor in Social Anthropology, Department of Social Anthropology and Score (Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research), Stockholm University, Sweden and Monica Lindh de Montoya, Associate Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University, Sweden
This book argues that transparency is a concept that has gained increasing currency and favour as an organizing principle and administrative goal in recent years. Calls for transparency have been directed towards states, markets, corporations and national political processes as well as towards large institutions such as the European Union.
Extent: 320 pp
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Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 978 1 84542 325 4
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  • Business and Management
  • Organisation Studies
  • Social Policy and Sociology
  • Sociology and Sociological Theory
This book argues that transparency is a concept that has gained increasing currency and favour as an organizing principle and administrative goal in recent years. Calls for transparency have been directed towards states, markets, corporations and national political processes as well as towards large institutions such as the European Union.

Focusing on empirically rich case studies, the contributors explore the ideas and practices of transparency in different contexts, encouraging a discussion of the many facets of the term and its strengths, ambiguities and limitations. They aim to shed light on the powerful global discourse and practices contained in the concept, and to fill a gap in the literature since few attempts have, until now, been made to examine the actual content and practice of transparency. Also discussed are the complex negotiations through which it is determined what should be displayed and what should remain hidden, the uses of power and control, and the processes through which transparency is, or is not, achieved.

This analysis of the concepts, models and metaphors that guide and shape organizational, social and aesthetical practices today will provide a much-needed contribution to the literature for academics, researchers and students focusing on these areas.
Contributors: S. Abram, B. Birkebæk Olesen, M. Boström, R. Galli, C. Garsten, E. Grossman, A. Hasselström, M. Klintman, M. Lindh de Montoya, E. Luque, M. Montoya, F. Muniesa, L. Soneryd, R. Thedvall, A. Timm, M. Viktorin, C. Yenkey
Contents:

Preface

Introduction: Examining the Politics of Transparency
Christina Garsten and Monica Lindh de Montoya

PART I: TRANSPARENCY AND UTOPIA: VISIBILITY, TRUTH, FUTURE
1. Truth in 3D: Displaying Historical Evidence at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Bodil Birkebæk Olesen

2. Practices of Transparency: Exporting Swedish Business Culture to the Baltic States
Anja Timm

3. The Social Life of Brands: On Choosing Values for Visions (and Divisions)
Raoul Galli

4. The Naked Corporation: Visualization, Veiling and the Ethico-politics of Organizational Transparency
Christina Garsten and Monica Lindh de Montoya

PART II: TRANSPARENCY AND REGULATION: NEGOTIATION, IDEALS, COMPROMISES
5. Economies through Transparency
Emiliano Grossman, Emilio Luque and Fabian Muniesa

6. Transparency, Democracy and the SEC: Seventy Years of Securities Market Regulation
Christopher Yenkey

7. Transparency at Work: The Production of Indicators for EU Employment Policy
Renita Thedvall

8. ‘…What gets Measured gets Managed!’ Sorting out ‘the Social’ in Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)
Anna Hasselström

9. Transparency through Labelling? Layers of Visibility in Environmental Risk Management
Mikael Klintman and Magnus Boström

PART III: TRANSPARENCY AND THE PUBLIC: PARTICIPATION, EXCLUSION, AMBIVALENCE
10. Transparency and Participation: Partnership and Hierarchies in British Urban Regeneration
Simone Abram

11. A Traumatizing Transparency Exercise on Mobile Phones and Health Risks
Linda Soneryd

12. Promoting Transparency, Preventing War: Neoliberalism, Conflict Preventionism and the New Military
Mattias Viktorin

13. Transparency as Tool and Weapon: The Case of the Venezuelan Presidential Recall Referendum
Miguel Montoya

In Retrospect: The Play of Shadows
Christina Garsten and Monica Lindh de Montoya

Index