For Right to Know Day: Free download of Coglianese on Obama’s transparency record
September 28 is International Right to Know Day. To mark the day, Governance is providing free access to Professor Cary Coglianese’s article from its new issue (22.4, October 2009). In The Transparency President? The Obama Administration and Open Government, Coglianese assesses the administration’s early record on transparency and warns that high public expectations about openness may not be realized. He also raises larger questions about “an excessive emphasis on fishbowl governance,” aimed mainly at the disclosure of details about how officials behave. The neglected alternative, says Coglianese, might be a strategy of “reasoned transparency, that demands that government officials offer explicit explanations for their actions.” Download for free here.