The Surrender of Secrecy: explaining the emergence of access to public information laws in Latin America


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Gregory Michener

Doutor em Relações Internacionais e Políticas Comparativas, Universidade do Texas

It has become axiomatic to think of secrecy in politics in much the same light as greed in business or zealousness in religion— a seemingly inevitable human excess. Yet with the growing recognition that excessive secrecy in government foster opacity, corruption, authoritarianism and deleterious economic asymmetries, government secrecy is quickly becoming one of the most important political struggles of our time. The weapon of choice for confronting excessive government secrecy is transparency and the primary delivery mechanism, access to public information laws.

Centro Brasileiro de Relações Internacionais