The Rise of the Right to Know: Politics and the Culture of Transparency, 1945–1975

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The American founders did not endorse a citizen’s right to know. More openness in government, more frankness in a doctor’s communication with patients, more disclosure in a food manufacturer’s package labeling, and more public notice of actions that might damage the environment emerged in our own time.

As Michael Schudson shows in The Rise of the Right to Know, modern transparency dates to the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s―well before the Internet―as reform-oriented politicians, journalists, watchdog groups, and social movements won new leverage. At the same time, the rapid growth of higher education after 1945, together with its expansive ethos of inquiry and criticism, fostered both insight and oversight as public values.

Schudson provides case studies of precedent-setting disclosure practices: the Freedom of Information Act (1966), reforms of supermarket labeling (1970s), sunshine legislation in the Congress (1970), the complicated conceptual and legislative origin of the “environmental impact statement,” and newsroom changes that increased the independence and analytical sophistication of news coverage after 1968. These changes brought a “right to know” into political life and helped define a new era for representative democracy―less focus on parties and elections, more pluralism and more players, year-round monitoring of government, and a blurring line between politics and society, public and private. The rise of openness marks a new stage in self-government.

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Michael Schudson is Professor of Journalism at Columbia University.

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By piecing together the story of new laws on freedom of information, consumer labeling and environmental impact reports, [Schudson] shows that these laws were part of a longer, slower change, which began well before the Summer of Love. Law entrenched new information rights but nothing would have reached the statute book without a relaxation of the political and cultural climate... One of the many strengths of The Rise of the Right To Know is its insistent emphasis on culture and its interaction with law... What Schudson shows is that enforceable access to official information creates a momentum towards a better use of what is disclosed and a refinement of how disclosure is best done. (George Brock Times Literary Supplement 2015-12-09)

Michael Schudson makes a convincing argument that during [the Cold War era] an unprecedented culture of government openness emerged primarily in domestic institutions. Schudson recounts in detail how the public gained the right of access to government documents; to agencies’ predictions of the environmental consequences of their actions; to basic information about processed foods; and to the deliberations and individual votes of Congress. Thanks to Schudson’s own research and reporting, each of these accounts features an unexpected cast of characters, and each shows how big changes can begin with the actions of a few impassioned individuals. (Mary Graham American Prospect 2015-10-01)

This book is a reminder that the right to know is not an automatic right. It was hard-won, and fought for by many unknown political soldiers. Even democratic governments do not necessarily consider that openness is a virtue and will resist attempts to prise the lid off their secrets as a matter of course. (Monica Horten LSE Review of Books 2016-03-15)

This book is illuminating on many levels... This is an optimistic book, suggesting that we are better off with our greater access to information. The book also is a refreshing clarification of history... This book is full of such great anecdotes, woven through an account that melds historical narrative, documentary excavation, ethnography, content analysis, personal insight, and intellectual reflection into a much larger story about the process of cultural change... Scholars, students, citizens―read it! (Judy Polumbaum Journal of Communication Inquiry 2016-07-01)

[A] learned history. (Jack Shafer Bookforum 2015-12-01)

It’s hard to say anything new about the 1960s, but Michael Schudson has done it―in a big way. An originally conceptualized and eye-opening history, The Rise of the Right to Know identifies the emergence of transparency or openness in the 1960s and ’70s as a leading principle in American political culture. Across a wide range of political and social spheres, he traces the historic shift in our culture from the hidden to the open, the elite to the populist, the expert to the personal, and the rarefied to the accessible―rooted in the liberal, democratic demand that citizens have a right to know about the decisions that shape their lives. This book made me rethink the postwar era and its importance as very few works of scholarship have. (David Greenberg, Rutgers University)

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