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Deliberative Privilege

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The concept of deliberative privilege poses a true threat to maintaining public involvement in public policy decision-making. The threat arises from the very nature of privileges themselves. They sacrifice individual interests in the interest of a larger public good. Unfortunately, deliberative privilege sacrifices such interests as ensuring justice for the individual and public participation. However, a way exists to overcome the threats the privilege establishes – characterize criteria as facts and thus discoverable and open to public scrutiny. Just knowing the criteria upon which public administrators base their decisions could give the public confidence in those administrators and their policies.

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Jan 1st, 12:00 AM

Deliberative Privilege

The concept of deliberative privilege poses a true threat to maintaining public involvement in public policy decision-making. The threat arises from the very nature of privileges themselves. They sacrifice individual interests in the interest of a larger public good. Unfortunately, deliberative privilege sacrifices such interests as ensuring justice for the individual and public participation. However, a way exists to overcome the threats the privilege establishes – characterize criteria as facts and thus discoverable and open to public scrutiny. Just knowing the criteria upon which public administrators base their decisions could give the public confidence in those administrators and their policies.

 

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