Problem

Policy-making by stealth

Other Names:
Secret policy-making
Nature:
Government may respond to controversial issues by formulating and implementing unpopular policies such as to avoid democratic review before a point of no return. Conversely, popular policies which are experienced as a constraint by government and by powerful pressure groups may be relaxed and diluted in ways which are not detected until it is too late to repair the damage done.
Incidence:
In the UK the government was accused in 1993 of endeavouring to privatize the health service by stealth and of endeavouring to impose a country-wide pattern of expressways without appropriate consultation.
Broader Problems:
Undemocratic policy-making
Related Problems:
Secretive organizations
Aggravates:
Secret diplomacy
Values:
Secrecy
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Subject(s):
Defence Secrecy
Policy-making Policy
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Date of last update
01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET