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Transparency for Whom? Information Disclosure and Power in Global Environmental Governance


  • Michael Mason

    (Michael Mason is Deputy Director of the Centre for Environmental Policy and Governance at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research interests centre on environmental politics and policy, notably transboundary issues. He also coordinates LSE research input into the Energy, Water and Environment Community project-an interdisciplinary network addressing environmental cooperation in the Middle East. He is author of The New Accountability: Environmental Responsibility Across Borders (2005); and co-editor of the forthcoming volume Enhancing Security in the Middle East through Regional Collaboration on Renewable Energy (2008).)


Information disclosure is the most obvious manifestation of the transparency turn in global governance, as evident from a growing uptake of environmental disclosure practices by countries, corporations and international organizations. Any analytic examination of environmental disclosure measures needs to grasp their relation to wider configurations of political and economic authority. Highlighting these relations of power reveals that transparency measures do not necessarily overcome asymmetries in information access, and may even exacerbate them. (c) 2008 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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  • Michael Mason, 2008. "Transparency for Whom? Information Disclosure and Power in Global Environmental Governance," Global Environmental Politics, MIT Press, vol. 8(2), pages 8-13, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:glenvp:v:8:y:2008:i:2:p:8-13

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    2. Tana Johnson, 2015. "Information revelation and structural supremacy: The World Trade Organization’s incorporation of environmental policy," The Review of International Organizations, Springer, vol. 10(2), pages 207-229, June.
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