Public Sector Organizations

Government Transparency

Impacts and Unintended Consequences

Authors: Erkkilä, T.

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Transparency has become a global concept of responsible government. This book argues that the transnational discourse of transparency promotes potentially contradictory policy ideas that can lead to unintended consequences. It critically examines whether or not increased transparency really leads to increased democratic accountability.

About the authors

TERO ERKKILÄ is Lecturer in Political Science at the Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland.

Reviews

In this analytically powerful study, Tero Erkkilä deftly traces the rise of calls for government transparency and information flows in the Nordic countries. His compelling explanations offer novel insights into the nexus of knowledge and governance. Most highly recommended.

James H. Mittelman, University Professor of International Affairs, American University

'This important book is compulsory reading for anyone interested in issues of trust and accountability in public administration, or simply concerned about the future of democracy.'N

Niilo Kauppi, Research Professor, National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS, France)

Public management and performance management reform have had a deep impact on public administration. One of the ironies of such reform, as Tero Erkkilä shows in this intriguing study, is that it jeopardizes access to public documents and government transparency. Erkkilä argues that Finland has experienced a shift from a welfare state to a competitive state and that this development has included a commodification of publically held information and access to such information. The strength of his study is the combination of detailed analysis without losing sight of the big questions.

Jon Pierre, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenberg


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Paradoxes and Unintended Consequences of Transparency

    Erkkilä, Tero

    Pages 3-42

  • Transparency and Ideational Changes: Nordic Openness as a Policy Discourse

    Erkkilä, Tero

    Pages 45-104

  • Transparency and Institutions of Public Accountability

    Erkkilä, Tero

    Pages 105-125

  • NPM, Budget Transparency and Census Information

    Erkkilä, Tero

    Pages 129-171

  • New Domains of Openness and Transparency: Performing Foreign Affairs

    Erkkilä, Tero

    Pages 172-219

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Hardcover $120.00
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Softcover $105.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Government Transparency
Book Subtitle
Impacts and Unintended Consequences
Authors
Series Title
Public Sector Organizations
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-03554-7
DOI
10.1057/9781137035547
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-30005-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-33576-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 279
Topics