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Transparency: The Key to Better Governance?

Christopher Hood and David Heald


‘Transparency’ is widely canvassed as a key to better governance, increasing trust in public-office holders. But it is more often preached than practised, more often referred to than defined, and more often advocated than critically analysed. This book exposes this doctrine to critical scrutiny from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including political science, philosophy, and economics. It traces the history of transparency as a doctrine of good governance and social organization, and identifies its different forms; assesses the benefits and drawbacks of measures to enhance various forms ... More

Keywords: transparency, good governance, political science, philosophy, economics, social organization, institutions, Jeremy Bentham, centralized management

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780197263839
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263839.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Hood, editor
Gladstone Professor of Government, University of Oxford; Fellow of the British Academy

David Heald, editor
Professor of Financial Management, University of Sheffield

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