Conference Proceeding Article
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.
School of Social Sciences (SOSS); Political Science
Annual World Bank Conference on Development Economics, 1999: April 28-30, Washington DC: Proceedings
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Ann FLORINI, "Does the invisible hand need a transparent glove?" (2000). Research Collection School of Social Sciences. Paper 2092.
Available at: http://ink.library.smu.edu.sg/soss_research/2092
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