Governance: An international journal of policy, administration and institutions

Debate: Is US government too open?

open_gov_bannerIt’s been 50 years since the U.S. Congress adopted the Freedom of Information Act, which provides access to documents held by federal agencies. Since 1966, Congress has adopted many other laws designed to promote openness. But has the United States gone too far, undermining the capacity of public officials to solve our major problems?  

Bruce Cain of Stanford University argues that US government is now too open.  Read his commentary.  And Charles Lewis of American University disagrees.  Read his commentary.

Screen Shot 2016-03-19 at 3.11.14 PMCain and Lewis debated the question at the University of Missouri March 15.  Watch the debate on YouTube.

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March 3, 2016 at 11:31 am

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