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An important principle in any democracy is the possibility for the citizens to gain insight in the work of the three branches of government; that it is publicly available.
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An important principle in any democracy is the possibility for the citizens to have access to insight into the work of the three branches of government; that government is publicly accessible.
  
This means that we as citizens have the right to follow the law-making process - we can show up in the parliament and follow the debate, we can read transcripts of it, or maybe it is even broadcast live on TV or on the Internet.
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This accessibility means that we as citizens have the right to follow the law-making process - we can come to parliament meetings and follow debates, we can read transcripts of debates, and debates may even be broadcast live on TV or on the Internet.
  
Openness in the administration also means that most hearings and trials are public, and that each one of us has the right of access to documents which the police and other authorities may have containing information about us. Thus there exists open adminstration concerning documents as well as meetings, and this goes for both parliament, courts, and administration - legislative, judicial, and executive power.
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Openness with regard to administration also means that most hearings and trials are public, and that every person has the right to access documents which the police and other authorities may posses, containing information about them. There exists, in other words, openness regarding documents and meetings at all levels of social organization including parliament, the courts, and the administration - the legislative, the judicial, and the executive powers.
  
In all circumstances there are exceptions, and most of them have to do with national security. I.e. if the country is threatened by a foreign power. In trials, also, the judge can decide that a hearing takes place behind closed doors, in order to protect the people involved in the case.
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There are, of course, exceptions in all of these areas, and most of them have to do with national security. For example, if the country is threatened by a foreign power. Also in the case of trials, the judge may decide that a hearing take place behind closed doors, in order to protect the people involved in the case.
  
It is hard to compare openness in different countries, but openness in the administration is a question that has caused much disagreement between the countries of the European Union. Generally, the tendency is towards more openness, and especially since Sweden joined the EU things have improved in this regard.
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It is hard to compare degrees of openness in different countries, but openness with regard to administration is a question that has caused great disagreement among the countries of the European Union. The general tendency is towards increased openness, and especially since Sweden joined the EU things have improved in this regard.
  
 
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Revision as of 17:26, 12 June 2010

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An important principle in any democracy is the possibility for the citizens to have access to insight into the work of the three branches of government; that government is publicly accessible.

This accessibility means that we as citizens have the right to follow the law-making process - we can come to parliament meetings and follow debates, we can read transcripts of debates, and debates may even be broadcast live on TV or on the Internet.

Openness with regard to administration also means that most hearings and trials are public, and that every person has the right to access documents which the police and other authorities may posses, containing information about them. There exists, in other words, openness regarding documents and meetings at all levels of social organization including parliament, the courts, and the administration - the legislative, the judicial, and the executive powers.

There are, of course, exceptions in all of these areas, and most of them have to do with national security. For example, if the country is threatened by a foreign power. Also in the case of trials, the judge may decide that a hearing take place behind closed doors, in order to protect the people involved in the case.

It is hard to compare degrees of openness in different countries, but openness with regard to administration is a question that has caused great disagreement among the countries of the European Union. The general tendency is towards increased openness, and especially since Sweden joined the EU things have improved in this regard.


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