Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 9780700619924. Hardcover with dustjacket, first printing as indicated by the publisher's "1" in the number line on copyright page, book has very mild bumps to the top corners and a couple of short wrinkles at top of spine, the jacket has a bit of wrinkling at the same location, this copy was sealed in the original plastic wrap when we acquired it and other than these minor flaws it looks new and a professional (removable) mylar cover is included, "Arnold considers the causes of excessive secrecy and why we observe variation across administrations-reveals how our information society has been kept in the dark in too many ways and for too long"; 542 pages.
560 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. POLITICAL SCIENCE. A series of laws passed in the 1970s promised the nation unprecedented transparency in government, a veritable sunshine era. Though citizens enjoyed a new arsenal of secrecy-busting tools, officials developed a handy set of workarounds, from over classification to concealment, shredding, and burning. It is this dark side of the sunshine era that Jason Ross Arnold explores in the first comprehensive, comparative history of presidential resistance to the new legal regime, from Reagan-Bush to the first term of Obama-Biden. After examining what makes a necessary and unnecessary secret, Arnold considers the causes of excessive secrecy, and why we observe variation across administrations. While some administrations deserve the scorn of critics for exceptional secrecy, the book shows excessive secrecy was a persistent problem well before 9/11, during Democratic and Republican administrations alike. Regardless of party, administrations have consistently worked to weaken the systems legal foundations. The book reveals episode after episode of evasive maneuvers, rule bending, clever rhetorical gambits, and downright defiance; an army of secrecy workers in a dizzying array of institutions labels all manner of documents top secret, while other government workers and agencies manage to suppress information with a sensitive but unclassified designation. For example, the health effects of Agent Orange, and antibiotic-resistant bacteria leaking out of Midwestern hog farms are considered too sensitive for public consumption. These examples and many more document how vast the secrecy system has grown during the sunshine era. Rife with stories of vital scientific evidence withheld, justice eluded, legalities circumvented, and the public interest flouted, Secrecy in the Sunshine Era reveals how our information society has been kept in the dark in too many ways and for too long. Jason Ross Arnold is assistant professor of political science at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has previously published articles on public ignorance, corruption, and public opinion. George de Mohrenschildt was born in 1911 in the present-day Republic of Belarus, and immigrated to the United States in 1938, sixteen years after his family escaped to Poland from the Soviet Union. Fluent in several languages and already well-educated, he received a masters degree in petroleum geology from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1945. In 1952, he moved to Dallas, where he livedwith a few years sojourn in Haitiuntil 1977, when, shortly after learning that a congressional committee investigating the assassinations of the 1960s wanted him to testify, he took his own life. "Arnold details the extent to which administrations since the adoption of sunshine legislation have worked, not so quietly, to find ways around those laws." &emdash; Choice "Arnolds powerful analysis of the unanticipated consequences of sunshine era legislation, from Reagan-Bush through Obama-Biden, is a must-read for anyone interested in current debates about transparency and accountability."&emdash; Katherine Scott, Ph.D., author of Reining in the State: Civil Society and Congress in the Vietnam and Watergate Eras (Key Words: Jason Ross Arnold, Political Science, Law, United States History).
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