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Global Transformations And Rising Transparency: With Special Reference To The Recent Development In Four Chinese Societies

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This chapter explores a general social fact and a rising force in the world, namely, transparency; and the expectation that centers of authority will provide access of information to the public. The pressures for transparency are complex and they can lead to conflict. But the need for transparency, for the ability to establish trust at a distance, is a hallmark of modernization. The chapter explores six themes and presents a brief set of conclusions. It discusses the movement for transparency in selected domains, e.g., business, government and public health. The chapter looks with some detail, albeit briefly, at the history and current levels of transparency in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China. In these four Chinese societies, transparency exists as one in a complex of information values. The chapter presents data from several sources along with findings from multiple interviews of knowledgeable informants over several years.

Keywords: Chinese societies; Hong Kong; Mainland China; modernization; public health; Singapore; Taiwan



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