Research Handbook on Transparency

Edited by Padideh Ala’i, Professor of Law and Robert G. Vaughn, Professor of Law and A. Allen King Scholar Emeritus, American University, Washington College of Law, US

In the last two decades transparency has become a ubiquitous and stubbornly ambiguous term. Typically understood to promote rule of law, democratic participation, anti-corruption initiatives, human rights, and economic efficiency, transparency can also legitimate bureaucratic power, advance undemocratic forms of governance, and aid in global centralization of power. This path-breaking volume, comprising original contributions on a range of countries and environments, exposes the many faces of transparency by allowing readers to see the uncertainties, inconsistencies and surprises contained within the current conceptions and applications of the term.

‘”Transparency” has multiple, contested meanings. This broad-ranging volume accepts that complexity and thoughtfully contrasts alternative views through conceptual pieces, country cases, and assessments of policies – such as freedom of information laws, whistleblower protections, financial disclosure, and participatory policymaking procedures.'
– Susan Rose-Ackerman, Yale University Law School, US

‘For me this book could have been titled Everything I Ever Wanted To Know About Transparency Policy And Law — But Didn’t Know Enough To Ask. It is masterful and unmatched in depth, scope, and acuity. It convincingly analyzes the complexities of transparency on a comparative basis in terms of goals, culture and government, legal approaches, and global governance. What is transparency? What can it be? What are its consequences? How can it be promoted and regulated? Henceforth no one should seriously attempt to address such questions without first reading this outstanding book.’
– David H. Rosenbloom, School of Public Affairs, American University, US

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