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Government secrecy : classic and contemporary readings

Author: Susan Maret; Jan Goldman
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, 2009.
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"Government Secrecy presents the best that has been thought and written on the subject, including history and philosophy, theory and practice, justification and critique. Through readings, which range from Georg Simmel on secrecy and Max Weber on bureaucracy and secret-keeping, to post-9/11 concerns regarding freedom of information and presidential secrecy, it enables readers to explore the issues and questions that  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Maret; Jan Goldman
ISBN: 9781591586906 1591586909
OCLC Number: 233543967
Description: xxviii, 794 p. ; 26 cm.
Contents: Perspectives on secrecy --
A short history of government secrecy --
Secrecy as regulation --
Organizational aspects of secrecy --
Necessary secrets : alternative views on the need for secrets and secret keeping --
Secrecy post-9/11 and the uncertain future of information.
Responsibility: edited by Susan L. Maret and Jan Goldman.
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Government Secrecy is designed to engage students and other interested parties in critical discovery of secrecy as an ongoing and potentially necessary form of government policy.  Read more...

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"This collection contains 45 historical and contemporary readings on the topic of government secrecy in the US in different time periods and contexts. Maret (library and information science, San Jose Read more...

 
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