The Perils and Promise of Global Transparency: Why the Information Revolution May Not Lead to Security, Democracy, or Peace

The Perils and Promise of Global Transparency: Why the Information Revolution May Not Lead to Security, Democracy, or Peace

by Kristin M. Lord
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791468852

ISBN-13: 9780791468852

Pub. Date: 10/28/2006

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Argues that increasing levels of transparency do not always change international politics for the better.

While the trend toward greater transparency will bring many benefits, Kristin M. Lord argues that predictions that it will lead inevitably to peace, understanding, and democracy are wrong. The conventional view is of authoritarian governments losing

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Overview

Argues that increasing levels of transparency do not always change international politics for the better.

While the trend toward greater transparency will bring many benefits, Kristin M. Lord argues that predictions that it will lead inevitably to peace, understanding, and democracy are wrong. The conventional view is of authoritarian governments losing control over information thanks to technology, the media, and international organizations, but there is a darker side, one in which some of the same forces spread hatred, conflict, and lies. In this book, Lord discusses the complex implications of growing transparency, paying particular attention to the circumstances under which transparency’s effects are negative. Case studies of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and the government of Singapore’s successful control of information are included.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791468852
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Series:
SUNY series in Global Politics Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

1. The Complexity of Transparency

2. Transparency and Conflict

3. Transparency and Intergroup Violence

4. Transparency and Conflict Intervention

5. Transparency and Governance

6. Global Implications of Growing Transparency

Notes
Index

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