Is Open Government a Barrier to Legislative Action?

“Closed-door interactions.” That’s what the American Political Science Association (APSA) has recommended as one way to tackle congressional inaction. An APSA task force suggests that less transparency in government has clear and actionable benefits which can bolster the ability of Congress to resolve difficult policy issues.

Less transparent government? When I came across this premise while researching a previous article on congressional negotiation, I was initially somewhat disturbed — shocked actually. Are they suggesting a return to political horse-trading in the smoke-filled backrooms of an era past? Continue>>>