Rethinking Transparency: Challenging Ideals and Embracing Paradoxes

Transparency scholarship has become a vibrant area of research, connecting an increasingly diverse set of disciplines such as organization, communication, public administration, journalism, political science, sociology, anthropology, law, business, and philosophy. Over the past years, studies have examined different mutations of transparency, particularly fiscal transparency, freedom of information legislation, open government, e-government, digital surveillance, corruption, ratings, rankings, and benchmarking.

The conference wants to take stock of what we know about the up- and downsides of transparency by bringing together theoretical, normative, and empirical research and by spurring debates between the different perspectives. We are happy to accept both individual paper submissions and submissions for panels. Abstracts for papers should be no longer than 400 words. Proposals for panels should consist of 3-4 presenters and
a moderator. They should include a proposed title for the panel and an abstract (500 words), the titles and 200 words abstracts of the papers, together with the names and affiliations of contributors. Please submit an abstract for a paper or a panel proposal no later than 20 December, 2021. More information can be found in the complete Call for Papers.

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