Transparency in Global Change

The Vanguard of the Open Society

Transparency in Global Change offers an ambitious discussion of the value of transparency in societies undergoing processes of global change. Focusing on a broad range of nations across the world, and relying on a rich analysis of historical as well as contemporary developments, the authors deliver a powerful and provocative contribution to the study of globalization and the value of open societies. Exceedingly well written, this book will be useful to students and scholars interested in globalization, international studies, and public policy.
Mathieu Deflem, University of South Carolina

Transparency in Global Change examines the quest for information exchange in an increasingly international, open society. Recent transformations in governments and cultures have brought about a surge in the pursuit of knowledge in areas of law, trade, professions, investment, education, and medical practice&mdash;among others. Technological advancements in communications, led by the United States, and public access to information fuel the phenomenon of transparency. This rise in transparency parallels a diminution of secrecy&mdash;though, as Burkart and Leslie Holzner point out, secrecy continues to exist on many levels. Based on current events and historical references in literature and the social sciences, <I>Transparency in Global Change</I> focuses on the turning points of information cultures, such as scandals, that lead to pressure for transparency. Moreover, the Holzners illuminate byproducts of transparency&mdash;debate, insight, and impetus for change, as transparency exposes the moral corruptions of dictatorship, empire, and inequity.

408 Pages, 6 x 9 in.

April, 2006

isbn : 9780822958956

about the authors

Burkart Holzner

Burkart Holzner is professor of sociology and public and international affairs and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Burkart Holzner
Leslie Holzner

Leslie Holzner, a sociologist, was assistant director at the Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh. She has written about organizational change, educational reform, and especially restructuring of mathematics education.

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Leslie Holzner