Transparency and the Open Society

Practical Lessons for Effective Policy

Roger Taylor and Tim Kelsey

Transparency and the Open Society

Roger Taylor and Tim Kelsey

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

256 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781447325369 Published September 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Although greater transparency is increasingly seen as the answer to a wide range of social issues by governments, NGOs, and businesses around the world, evidence of its impact is mixed. Using case studies from around the world—including the United States, the United Kingdom, India, and Tanzania—this book surveys the global adoption of transparency, providing an essential framework for assessing its likely performance as a policy and the steps that can be taken to make it more effective. Addressing the role of transparency in the context of the growing use of surveillance and database-driven decision making, it is written for anyone, both in and outside of government and business, involved in campaigning for the development of transparency policies.
Contents
Introduction;
Section A: Theory;
Part 1: Background;
History And Methods;
Critiques Of Transparency;
Part 2: Definitions And Models;
Definitions Of Transparency;
Fair Allocation Systems;
Population Level Transparency;
Equality Of Narrative Power;
Transparency In An Age Of Big Data;
Section B: Practice;
Part 1: Transparency 1.0;
Every Day Is A Fight For Information;
Access To Information Laws (Ati);
Social Audit And Public Reporting;
International Initiatives;
Open Data And Forced Disclosure;
Editorial Control;
Regulation And Transparency;
Part 2: Transparency 2.0;
Ceding Control Of The Data;
Independent Narratives;
Getting My Own Data;
Surveillance, Transparency And Privacy;
Part 3: Transparency 3.0;
Artificial Intelligence And Allocation Systems;
What Happens Next?. 
Review Quotes
LSE Review of Books
"An informative and challenging book. . . . It clearly lays out information that is pertinent to existing debates in politics, ethics, law, and the wider social sciences."
Tim Leunig, UK Department for Education chief scientific adviser, London School of Economics and Political Science
“Transparency matters, and it matters much more than people think. This important and serious book is both necessary and timely.”
Sir Julian Le Grand, London School of Economics and Political Science
“This is a book that more than lives up to the ideas in its title: it is not only transparent and open, but highly informative and thought-provoking.”
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