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Before transparency: control and communication in Early-Modern Europe

Felix, J. ORCID:, ed. (2015) Before transparency: control and communication in Early-Modern Europe. Histoire & Mesure, 30 (2). Editions EHESS, Paris, pp256. ISBN 9782713224744

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Today, transparency is hailed as a key to good governance and economic efficiency, with national states implementing new laws to allow citizens access to information. It is therefore paradoxical that, as shown by a series of crises and scandals, modern governments and international agencies frequently have paid only lip-service to such ideals. Since Jeremy Bentham first introduced the concept of transparency into the language in 1789, few societal debates have sparked so much interest within the academic community, and across a variety of disciplines, using different approaches and methodologies. Within these current debates, however, one fact is striking: the lack of historical reflection about the development of the concept of transparency, both as a principle and as applied in practice, prior to its inception. Accordingly, the aim of this special issue is to contribute to historicising the ways in which communication and control over fiscal policy and state finances operated in early modern European polities.

Item Type:Book
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Early Modern Research Centre (EMRC)
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Centre for Economic History
ID Code:51306
Publisher:Editions EHESS

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