Framing Government Transparency in the Obama Administration

  • Theresa Herrmann

Abstract

This chapter examines the framing of transparency as a governmental reform policy in the US-American context. It concentrates on the Obama administration’s government transparency policy, the Open Government Initiative and related policies, rather than on targeted transparency policies imposed on corporations or other private organizations to reduce risks or improve performance (on the latter cf. Fung et al., 2007). It is attentive to the ‘usages’, the purposes and functions, of transparency rather than seeing transparency as a basic right and intrinsic value (on the latter cf. Stiglitz, 1999). This however neither implies that transparency can be used as a means to any end nor that there is no underlying political philosophy or public administration theory behind a government’s notion(s) of transparency.

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Published
2013-07-01