Is there a Tension between Transparency and Efficiency in Decisions? The case of the Council of the European Union

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dc.contributor.author NOVAK, Stéphanie
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-09T10:57:07Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-09T10:57:07Z
dc.date.issued 2011-01-01
dc.identifier.issn 1725-6755
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/19116
dc.description.abstract Decision makers sometimes refer to the tension between transparency and efficiency in decisions. Yet, this argument is not so obvious, partly because the notion of efficiency is unclear. As a first step in the analysis of this argument, this paper attempts to build an operational definition of efficiency. We focus on the Council of the EU because different transparency rules have been implemented in this institution since the beginning of the 1990s. Still, the actors seem to sidestep these rules and often argue that transparency hampers efficiency in decisions. We rely on about 60 interviews with Council members to describe how the actors sidestep the rules and to research their incentives. We list these incentives and investigate their relationship with efficiency in decisions. Such analysis leads us to distinguish 3 types of efficiency: the ability to make compromises; the productivity in decision making; the ability to implement decisions. These distinctions should help us to carry out case studies on the effects of transparency on these different types of efficiency. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.relation.ispartofseries EUI MWP en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 2011/33 en
dc.subject Transparency en
dc.subject decision making en
dc.subject efficiency en
dc.subject accountability en
dc.subject EU institutions en
dc.title Is there a Tension between Transparency and Efficiency in Decisions? The case of the Council of the European Union en
dc.type Working Paper en


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