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    Why too much transparency is a bad thing: the Warsh Review on transparency in the Bank of England

Why too much transparency is a bad thing: the Warsh Review on transparency in the Bank of England

A report was published this week by former Federal Reserve Board Governor Kevin Warsh, based on a review of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee’s transparency practices and procedures. Warsh makes five broad recommendations for creating a balance between the demand for greater transparency and the intrinsic defence of genuine deliberation as the foundation for sound policymaking. Cheryl […]

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    A public vote on Jean-Claude Juncker in the European Council could be a significant step for transparency in EU politics

A public vote on Jean-Claude Juncker in the European Council could be a significant step for transparency in EU politics

David Cameron has asked for a public vote to be held in the European Council on the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as the next President of the European Commission. Sara Hagemann writes that this would be a bold step as it would challenge the tradition of ‘consensus politics’ which has dominated key decisions over European integration in the past. […]

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Transparency in the Council of the European Union has increased over the last decade, but only for the least controversial negotiations

The Council of the European Union has often been criticised from the perspective that it lacks transparency in its decision-making. James P. Cross assesses the censorship of Council records in the period since transparency legislation was introduced in 2001. He notes that while transparency has increased during this period, censorship of Council records is much more common in areas with […]

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Spain’s new transparency law could become the first step into a real process of institutional regeneration.

Public scrutiny through freedom of information is a fundamental element of a well-functioning democracy, and Spain is one of only three EU nations that do not have such an access to information law. However, recent moves by the new government to introduce a transparency law could pave the way towards greater public trust of the government. José Javier Olivas and Fabrizio Scrollini […]

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Der Bologna-Prozess zur Schaffung eines einheitlichen euopäischen Hochschulraums ist eine unpopuläre politische Maßnahme, die zwar auf internationaler Ebene, aber außerhalb des EU-Rahmenvertragwerks beschlossen wurde und so einen transparenten und demokratischen Gesetzsgebungsprozess umgeht.

Während die Europäische Union (EU) eine relativ transparente und demokratische Gesetzgebung ermöglicht, hat der Bologna-Prozess, der auf eine europaweite Vergleichbarkeit von Bildungsabschlüssen abzielt, genau diese Strukturen umgangen, meint Sascha Garben. Wissenschaftler, Politiker und die Öffentlichkeit sollten diese bildungspolitischen Entwicklungen des letzten Jahrzehnts, in der Bildung wie Ware behandelt wurde, kritisch analysieren. Europäisches Recht ist elementar für Universitätsbildung in Europa. Es […]

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The Bologna Process on higher education is an unpopular policy decided at the international level but outside the EU framework, circumventing transparent and democratic legislative processes.

While the EU’s institutions provide for relatively transparent and democratic legislative processes, these processes have been circumvented by the Bologna Process, which aims to make academic standards comparable across Europe, argues Sacha Garben. She also calls upon scholars, politicians, policy makers and the wider public to critically analyse the educational policy developments of the past decade which treat education as […]

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