Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Leino-Sandberg, Päivi
Organisation University of Eastern Finland
Project title Transparency in the EU- From Reaction to Manifesto?
Decision No. 309305
Decision date 13.06.2017
Funding,period 01.09.2017 - 31.08.2021
Funding 480 000
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Project description
During the recent decades, transparency has become a central legitimizing principle in the EU. Along the Lisbon Treaty (2009) its legal meaning has refined. This is assumed to lead to increased citizen participation and ultimately, a cure to democratic deficit. Reality, however, has not backed up this development. Rather, there appears a double standard regarding transparency: it is endorsed in theory, but opposed in action. The increased transparency is feared to decrease efficiency. This research project aims to critically investigate this assumed negative correlation. It does so with the help of four research questions: 1) What does the EU think transparency is? 2) Does transparency undermine efficiency? 3) What is the meaning of legality? 4) Do transparency practices work? Each of this overarching research questions will be divided into relevant sub-questions. These questions will be tackled both theoretically and practically, using the methods of law and political science.