Thesis / Dissertation

Radical Transparency in Democratic Governing: Democracy unbound within a networked society?

L HEEMSBERGEN, R Hassan (ed.), H Sullivan (ed.), S Cubitt (ed.)

Published : 2016


This thesis considers the extent that (digitally) mediated projects of transparency afford new modes of democratic governing. It puts forward the concept of ̳radical transparency‘ to describe shifts in the technologies and rationalities of government due to acts of disclosure. It approaches these claims through a collective case study of radical transparency apparatuses that employ new media as part of their materialisation of democratic governing, ranging from 18th Century Hansard to beyond WikiLeaks. The apparatuses are purposively selected on criteria of disruptive mechanics, extra-organisational position, and paradigmatic shifts of governing expectations. The resulting comparative analy..

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