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Fung Et Al Full Disclosure

Fung Et Al Full Disclosure

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Published by: Administración Gubernamental on Feb 10, 2011
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WhichSUVsaremostlikelytorollover?Whatcitieshavetheunhealthiestdrinkingwater?Which factories are the most dangerous polluters? What cereals are most nutritious?In recent decades, governments have sought to provide answers to such critical ques-tions through public disclosure to force manufacturers, water authorities, and others toimprove their products and practices. Corporate financial disclosure, nutritional labels,and school report cards are examples of such targeted transparency policies. At best,they create a light-handed approach to governance that improves markets, enrichespublic discourse, and empowers citizens. But such policies are frequently ineffective orcounterproductive. Using an analysis of eighteen U.S. and international policies,
Full Disclosure 
shows that the information provided is often incomplete, incomprehensible,or irrelevant to consumers, investors, workers, and community residents. To be success-ful, transparency policies must be accurate, must keep ahead of disclosers’ efforts to findloopholes, and, above all, must focus on the needs of ordinary citizens.ArchonFung,MaryGraham,andDavidWeilcodirecttheTransparencyPolicyProjectatHarvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, http://www.transparencypolicy.net.ArchonFungisAssociateProfessorofPublicPolicyatHarvardsJohnF.KennedySchoolofGovernment.Hisresearchexaminestheimpactsofcivicparticipation,publicdeliber-ation,andtransparencyonpublicandprivategovernance.Hehasauthoredthreebooks,including
Empowered Participation: Reinventing Urban Democracy 
(2004), and editedthree collections; more than fifty of his articles have appeared in journals, including
Political Theory 
Journal of Political Philosophy 
Politics and Society 
Journal of Policy and Management 
, and
American Behavioral Scientist 
.Mary Graham is a Research Fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Governmentand a Visiting Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, Washington,D.C.Herresearchfocusesontheuseofinformationstrategiestofostersocialchange,thepolitics of public information, innovative approaches to health and safety regulations,and new trends in environmental policy. She is the author of 
Democracy by Disclosure 
(2002) and
The Morning After Earth Day 
(1999). Graham has written for the
Atlantic Monthly 
Financial Times 
Issues in Science and Technology 
, the
Brookings Review 
, and other publications.DavidWeilisProfessorofEconomicsandEverettW.LordDistinguishedFacultyScholarat Boston University School of Management. His research spans labor market policy,industrial and labor relations, occupational safety and health, and regulatory policy. HehaspublishedwidelyintheseareasandhasalsoservedasadvisertotheU.S.DepartmentofLabor,theOccupationalSafetyandHealthAdministration,andotheragencies.Hehaswrittentwootherbooks,includingtheaward-winning
AStitchinTime:LeanRetailingand theTransformationofManufacturing 
(1999),andhisarticleshaveappearedinnumerous journals,includingthe
RANDJournalofEconomics,IndustrialandLaborRelationsReview,Harvard Business Review,
and the
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

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