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Transparent Warriors

July 22, 2009

In a recent piece on Foreign, The Asia Foundation’s Yeling Tan and Ann Florini, a professor and director of the Centre on Asia and Globalisation, National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, challenge the traditional norms in ranking countries for their openness and transparency, and present surprising scenarios of two new contenders.

“Western countries no longer have a monopoly over the definition and value of openness and disclosure. India’s grass-roots approach champions transparency as a critical means of empowering the poor. China’s state-driven approach wields transparency fundamentally as an alternative (rather than a prerequisite) to democratic reform.” Read the full piece here.

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