(In)visible European Government: Critical Approaches to Transparency as an Ideal and a Practice, edited by Maarten Hillebrandt, Päivi Leino-Sandberg, and Ida Koivisto, and published today, is hailed as a “foundational text [that] will shape debate for a considerable time in the future”.
The need to communicate political achievements and to communicate them well is a pivotal but overlooked lesson in the EU, Reneta Shipkova argues. Her recent book provides concrete tips to remedy this hiatus.
In her latest book, Radical Secrecy: The Ends of Transparency in Datafied America, Clare Birchall advocates for a rejection of the familiar opposition between “the promise of transparency” and “the threat posed by secrecy”. Her analysis of the pattern of visibility and opacity in the current Covid-19 pandemic lays bare governance risks that apply as much to the European Union as they do to the United States.