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Transparency in a New Global Order

Transparency in a New Global Order

Unveiling Organizational Visions

Edited by Christina Garsten and Monica Lindh de Montoya

This book argues that transparency is a concept that has gained increasing currency and favour as an organizing principle and administrative goal in recent years. Calls for transparency have been directed towards states, markets, corporations and national political processes as well as towards large institutions such as the European Union.

Preface

Edited by Christina Garsten and Monica Lindh de Montoya

Subjects: business and management, organisation studies, social policy and sociology, sociology and sociological theory

Extract

Is this the transparent book? This was the question often raised by little Andreas, as he observed us working on the manuscript on the computer. Yes it is. In so far as it engages with what ‘transparency’ is and might be, in social and organizational life. There are many people, events and influences that have played a role in the writing of this book. The idea was born out of our research into the interplay of markets and cultures, and the role of free-floating keywords, such as ‘transparency’ and ‘accountability’ in fashioning globalizing markets. Several colleagues at the Department of Social Anthropology and Score, Stockholm University, have contributed in significant ways to drafting the ideas: most notably, Magnus Boström, Nils Brunsson, Raoul Galli, Anna Hasselström, Ulf Hannerz, Linda Soneryd, Renita Thedvall, and Mattias Viktorin. We tested the early set of ideas out at a conference in Copenhagen, arranged by the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), already in 2002. The contributors to this session on ‘The Politics of Transparency’, Simone Abram, Bodil Birkebæk Olesen, Liselotte Hermes da Fonseca, Peter Phillimore, and Renita Thedvall, came up with ideas that inspired us to move on towards a book project. Later on, in 2004, we presented our work at the European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS) Conference in Ljubljana, where several colleagues, not least Tor Hernes, gave inspiring inputs. We are also grateful to the stimulating discussions with the participants at the Swedish Anthropological Association (SANT) conference...