James D'Angelo, founder of the Congressional Research Institute, speaking at the University of New Orleans on in September 2018. Credit: Courtesy Photo

In a provocative essay in the latest issue of Foreign Affairs magazine, author James D’Angelo, founder of the Congressional Research Institute, argues that more transparency in the legislative process leads to more corruption. 

At the heart of D’Angelo’s seemingly counterintuitive argument is the notion that recording and making public every procedural vote lawmakers take empowers special interest groups and lobbyists at the expense of the public interest. 

Hear D’Angelo’s case for less transparency.

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