Posts Tagged ‘Transparency’

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Transparency Talks – Today!

March 2, 2010

A discussion with Christina Schultz (Casals & Associates, Inc.) and Michael Geertson (Chemonics Intl.)  on transparency in international development.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

2nd Floor Common Area

Reception: 5:00-5:30

Moderated Discussion: 5:30-6:30

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Talks!

November 16, 2009

A busy week at CPAP Alexandria:

Wednesday (11/18) – 6:45pm – Transparency Talks

Barend Jansen, Associate Legal Council, International Monetary Fund

Mr. Jansen will talk about financial institutions and the Fund’s policies on transparency in a context of crisis.

Location: 1021 Prince Street, Library Room (3rd Floor)

The Transparency Talks series is being coordinated by SPIA faculty members Matt Dull (CPAP) and Giselle Datz (GIA) to explore the dimensions of transparency as a reform imperative across a range of governmental and market settings. To learn more about the series – or to receive updates about future Transparency Talks, email: mdull@vt.edu.

Thursday (11/19) – Professor Charles Goodsell

CPAP Professor Emeritus Charles Goodsell discusses his book The Social Meaning of Civic Space: Studying Political Authority through Architecture (University Press of Kansas, 1988).

  • 2:00-4:00pm – Professor Goodsell available by appointment
  • 5:15-6:00pm – Tour of Alexandria City Council Chamber
  • 6:30-8:00pm – PAPA 6524: Discussion of Observation and Interpretation in The Social Meaning of Civic Space

A number of photos taken by Professor Goodsell during his research on city council chambers, statehouses, and parliamentary buildings are available through the Virginia Tech archives.

Thursday (11/19) – 4:00-5:00pm – CPAP DMP

Transparency as a Recurring Reform Imperative: Information, Innovation, and Institutional Change

Giselle Datz, Government and International Affairs

Matt Dull, Center for Public Administration and Policy

Abstract

Financial crisis, political scandal, and declining trust in political and economic institutions have propelled transparency to the top of reform agendas worldwide. Transparency is among the central reform ideas in contemporary governance; yet, the concept’s broad appeal has prompted relatively little close scrutiny. In this essay, we aim to place the recent diffusion of transparency-based reforms in context. Reviewing the concept’s evolution in public administration and political economy, we observe that transparency builds on deeply rooted intellectual traditions and a richly turbulent history, a recurring pattern of reform that reveals an enduring logic of institutional change. Transparency is more than a bureaucratic standard, devoid of agency. Its parameters vary by context, and by the ideas that help shape and motivate how context is interpreted by actors. Drawing examples from a range of settings, we scrutinize the “who,” “what,” “when,” and “how” of transparency-based reform. In the contingent, unfinished realities of transparency we see both reform’s promise and its peril.

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Transparency Talks: Louis Fisher (10/20)

October 15, 2009

On October 20th at 5:30pm, Dr. Louis Fisher, Specialist in Constitutional Law at the Law Library of the Library of Congress, will join us in Alexandria for the first in a series of “Transparency Talks” discussions addressing the role of transparency in governments and markets. Dr. Fisher is the author of 19 books , including The Constitution and 9/11: Recurring Threats to America’s Freedoms (2008), In the Name of National Security: Unchecked Presidential Power and the Reynolds Case (2006), Presidential War Power (2d ed. 2004), American Constitutional Law (with Katy J. Harriger, 8th ed. 2009), Constitutional Conflicts between Congress and the Presidency (5th ed. 2005), and Political Dynamics of Constitutional Law (with Neal Devins, 4th ed. 2006).

Dr. Fisher will discuss the role of secrecy in presidential power and his recent testimony before the Crime Subcommittee of the House Committee on the Judiciary on the “The Executive Accountability Act of 2009” (testimony available here: http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/pdf/Fisher090727.pdf.)

Time: Reception – 5:00-5:30, Discussion – 5:30-6:30

Location: 1021 Prince Street, 2nd Floor Common Area

Coffee and donuts will be served prior to the discussion.

We will link by Polycom to Thomas Conner House in Blacksburg.

The Transparency Talks series is being coordinated by SPIA faculty members Matt Dull (CPAP) and Giselle Datz (GIA) to explore the dimensions of transparency as a reform imperative across a range of governmental and market settings. To learn more about the series – or to receive updates about future Transparency Talks, email: mdull@vt.edu.