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Transparency in Politics and the Media

Increasingly governments around the world are experimenting with initiatives in transparency or ‘open government’. These involve a variety of measures including the announcement of more user-friendly government websites, greater access to government data, the extension of freedom of information legislation and broader attempts to involve the public in government decision making. However, the role of the media in these initiatives has not hitherto been examined. 

This volume analyses the challenges and opportunities presented to journalists as they attempt to hold governments accountable in an era of professed transparency. In examining how transparency and open government initiatives have affected the accountability role of the press in the US and the UK, it also explores how policies in these two countries could change in the future to help journalists hold governments more accountable.

This volume will be essential reading for all practising journalists, for students of journalism or politics, and for policymakers. Nigel Bowles is Director of the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford. James T. Hamilton is Charles S. Sydnor Professor of Public Policy, and Professor of Political Science and Economics at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and Director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy. David A. L. Levy is Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford.

This publication can be bought from I. B. Tauris.