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The Paradox of Openness: Transparency and Participation in Nordic Cultures of Consensus
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Institute of Contemporary History.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8788-101X
Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES).
2014 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The ‘open society’ has become a watchword of liberal democracy and the market system in the modern globalized world. Openness stands for individual opportunity and collective reason, as well as bottom-up empowerment and top-down transparency. It has become a cherished value, despite its vagueness and the connotation of vulnerability that surrounds it. Scandinavia has long considered itself a model of openness, citing traditions of freedom of information and inclusive policy making. This collection of essays traces the conceptual origins, development, and diverse challenges of openness in the Nordic countries and Austria. It examines some of the many paradoxes that openness encounters and the tensions it arouses when it addresses such divergent ends as democratic deliberation and market transactions, freedom of speech and sensitive information, compliant decision making and political and administrative transparency, and consensual procedures and the toleration of dissent.

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Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2014. , xiii + 271 p.
Series
International Studies in Sociology and Social Anthropology, ISSN 0074-8684 ; 126
Keyword [en]
Openness; Open Society; Transparency; Freedom of Information; Political Participation; Nordic Studies; European Studies; Sweden; Finland; Austria; Global Governance; Governance; Political Culture
National Category
Sociology History Political Science Media and Communications Law and Society
Research subject
Historical Studies; Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society; Baltic and East European studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-25343DOI: 10.1163/9789004281196Libris ID: 17165796ISBN: 978-90-04-28118-9 (print)ISBN: 978-90-04-28119-6 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-25343DiVA: diva2:767410
Available from: 2014-12-01 Created: 2014-12-01 Last updated: 2016-11-02Bibliographically approved

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