chapter  3
10 Pages

Transparency universal

ByRachel Adams

In this chapter, I explore the universal status of the transparency discourse and how, through this status, transparency has amassed the power to shape global relations and the organisation of global society according to the transparency norms set by global transparency institutions and mechanisms, such as the Open Government Partnership (OGP). In particular, this chapter provides a close analysis of the claims of transparency to universality and inclusivity, and its postulation as an ethical value: relevant for all people, everywhere. I explore how transparency is thus proselytised, particularly within the African region, and draw again on Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak’s notion of epistemic violence to critique the universalising power of its discourse.