Transparency in Global Change: The Vanguard of the Open Society

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University of Pittsburgh Press, Jan 1, 2006 - Social Science - 397 pages
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Transparency in Global Change examines the quest for information exchange in an increasingly international, open society.  Recent transformations in governments and cultures have brought about a surge in the pursuit of knowledge in areas of law, trade, professions, investment, education, and medical practice—among others.  Technological advancements in communications, led by the United States, and public access to information fuel the phenomenon of transparency.  This rise in transparency parallels a diminution of secrecy—though, as Burkart and Leslie Holzner point out, secrecy continues to exist on many levels.  Based on current events and historical references in literature and the social sciences, Transparency in Global Change focuses on the turning points of information cultures, such as scandals, that lead to pressure for transparency.  Moreover, the Holzners illuminate byproducts of transparency—debate, insight, and impetus for change, as transparency exposes the moral corruptions of dictatorship, empire, and inequity.

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Some Historical Turning Points
Linking Several Fields of Knowledge
The Secrecy and
Transparency in the World
Global Civil Society Transparency and Social System Change
From Exuberance
The Changing Architecture of Information Values in Health
Historical Transparency
Global Change and the Open Society

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About the author (2006)

Burkart Holzner is professor of sociology and public and international affairs, and Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.  His earlier work dealt with the sociology of knowledge and includes Reality Construction in Society, and (with John Marx) Knowledge Application: The Knowledge System in Society.  He directed the University Center for International Studies for twenty years and became increasingly interested in global change.

Leslie Holzner, a sociologist, was assistant director at the Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh. She has written about organizational change, educational reform, and especially restructuring of mathematics education.

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