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What is this thing called transparency?: The concept, its attributes, referents and boundaries
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2014 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Transparency is a key concept in current debates of governance. Yet the contemporary literature on transparency evidences a great variety of meanings as well as lack of agreement regarding the class of referents to which the term correctly applies.

Drawing on social science literature on concept formation and previous efforts at defining government transparency, the paper identifies core properties of transparency and analyzes how the concept of transparency relates to neighboring concepts such as publicity and accountability. Using empirical evidence from fieldwork and secondary sources, the paper illustrates how definitional and operational decisions affect both our empirical measurements and theoretical understandings.

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Keyword [en]
Transparency, publicity, accountability, concept
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-236451OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-236451DiVA: diva2:764494
Annual Meeting of the Swedish Political Science Association, Swepsa Lund, 8-10 October 2014
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2014-11-19 Created: 2014-11-19 Last updated: 2014-11-19

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