Publication Type

Conference Proceeding Article

Publication Date

1-2000

Abstract

Transparency is on the rise, touted as the solution to such disparate problems asfinancial volatility, environmental degradation, money laundering, and corruption. Buttransparency faces much opposition, particularly from those under scrutiny. Such actorsoften have strong incentives to avoid providing information. To explain the growingdemand for transparency and to assess its prospects for success requires attention tomatters of politics – that is, power. Power is often needed to induce disclosures orrestructure incentives. And the information thus revealed can shift power from the formerholders of secrets to the newly informed. This paper explores the politics of transparency– why it is emerging, and what are the advantages and difficulties inherent in relying ontransparency to address global issues.

Discipline

Political Science

Research Areas

School of Social Sciences (SOSS); Political Science

Publication

Annual World Bank Conference on Development Economics, 1999: April 28-30, Washington DC: Proceedings

First Page

163

Last Page

184

ISBN

9780821349052

Publisher

World Bank

City or Country

Washington, DC

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTWBIGOVANTCOR/Resources/florini.pdf

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