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The Mixed Blessings of Financial Transparency

By Frederick Schauer


Perhaps we should blame it on Brandeis. As is so often the case, the perfect turn of phrase often takes on a life of its own, rendering more difficult the likelihood of careful and balanced analysis of the topic to which the phrase, like a barnacle, has become attached. And thus when Justice Louis Brandeis famously observed in his pre-judicial career that \u22sunlight is . . . the best of disinfectants,\u22 he provided a slogan that has subsequently been deployed by countless advocates in urging what appear to them to be the self-evident virtues of openness and full disclosure, and thus of transparency

Topics: Law
Publisher: Yale Law School Legal Scholarship Repository
Year: 2014
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