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Political Responsibility and the European Union$
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Myrto Tsakatika

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780719075155

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719075155.001.0001

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(p.101) 5 Openness
Political Responsibility and the European Union

Myrto Tsakatika

Manchester University Press

This chapter first explores the relationship between openness and what it is meant to foster, political judgement. Then it examines the limits of openness: whether all information relevant to the formation of political judgement should always be made available, or whether there are situations in which limitations are called for. Next, it explores the institutional requirements that must be met if the mechanism of openness is to be effective; reference is made to the presumption of openness and the establishment of exceptions, as well as to provisions for transparency. Finally, the EU system of governance is examined from the point of view of openness and transparency.

Keywords:   openness, political judgement, EU governance, transparency

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