Introduction to ‘Secrecy and Transparency’

  title={Introduction to ‘Secrecy and Transparency’},
  author={Clare Birchall},
  journal={Theory, Culture \& Society},
  pages={25 - 7}
  • Clare Birchall
  • Published 1 December 2011
  • Political Science, Art
  • Theory, Culture & Society
This article opens a special section on the politics of opacity and openness. The rise of transparency as a political and cultural ideal has left secrecy to accumulate negative connotations. But the moral discourse that condemns secrecy and rewards transparency may cause us to misread the symbiotic relationship between these terms. After providing a historical account of transparency in public and political life, this article therefore makes the case for working with the tension between these… 

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