Government privatization and government transparency

Source: Christine Beckett, The News Media & The Law, Vol. 35, No. 1, Winter 2011

What happens when private companies do the governing?…Privatization puts government transparency at risk because hired contractors rely on their private status to deny the public access to their records. While privatization may be a legitimate response to increased budget crunches in the current economy — some say shopping out responsibilities is more efficient — transparency advocates say the threat to open government initiatives is real….

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