Dec 15, 2020
The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Administrative Law
This chapter considers how the increased interest in access to official documents on the public international law level relates to the challenges posed to domestic laws with respect to transparency. It asks if international developments of greater access can compensate for the loss of transparency at the national level brought about by the de-nationalization of domestic law, and if so, how. Swedish domestic law is chosen as the case example here. The chapter provides an introductory overview of openness and transparency as a constitutional and administrative value in Sweden. Next, it examines openness and transparency in a global context. Transparency as a human right and also as an ideal for international organizations is then addressed. The chapter concludes with a comparative analysis.