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Trust, Transparency and Privacy

  • Mike SheaffEmail author
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Abstracts

The chapter demonstrates changing UK government attitudes towards freedom of information through two examples of its use of a veto of information disclosure. These concerned legal advice on the 2003 Iraq war and risk assessments of the 2011 NHS reforms. Under governments of different political persuasion, both involved claims that a ‘private space’ is needed for government deliberations. A discussion on ‘making the private public’ uses examples from feminist challenges to public/private boundaries, and ways professional work has been subject to greater scrutiny and monitoring. A discussion on implications for those engaged in researching decision-making includes Sheaff’s own reflection on his position in the research described in Chap.  5. Sheaff concludes by arguing a role for social research in addressing issues of secrecy, accountability and justice.

Keywords

Transparency Feminism Chilling-effect Dark secrets Public sociology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Law, Criminology & GovernmentUniversity of PlymouthPlymouthUK

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