13 November 2018

Michael Gøtze contributes to a comparative book on transparency

The book – The Laws of Transparency in Action - examines the issue of free access to information as part of the openness and transparency principles. The free access to public information has become one of the most hotly contested aspects of contemporary government and public administration.

As a result of a collective European research project Michael Gøtze, WELMA, contributes with a chapter on the Danish law of transparency (“offentlighedsloven”). The chapter is co-authored by the researchers Rikke Gottrup and Pernille Boye Koch. The Nordic countries are often inherently associated with openness and transparency as far as public administration is concerned. The Nordic openness “brand” is not surprisingly promoted by Danes themselves with a tendency to take credit for being a pioneer within the field of open administration although history - and the current Danish law of transparency - does not fully confirm that claim. Thus, the chapter sheds light on the current state of openness in action and notes that Denmark finds itself on a bumpy road with a view to a number of important areas of openness.

 The book – The Laws of Transparancy in Action, A European Perspective - is first of its kind. The book is published by Palgrave Macmillan.

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