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Att värna privatlivets helgd : en arkivvetenskaplig studie av sekretesslagens utveckling 1927-2010

Eriksson, Peter LU (2018) ABMM34 20181
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Abstract (Swedish)
Since 1766 the principle public access to official documents have been the main rule and secrecy the exception within the Swedish State. During the early 20th century this principle however became challenged by the emerging welfare state and its need to collect integrity sensitive data to achieve its goal of creating equal opportunities for all its citizens. As a result of this development several secrecy laws were passed in the Swedish parliament in order to protect the citizens right to privacy.

This thesis examines how the lawmakers regarded the concept of privacy within the Public Enquires that preceded the legislation. To understand the development from a legal and societal perspective, John Rawls concept of the rule of law... (More)
Since 1766 the principle public access to official documents have been the main rule and secrecy the exception within the Swedish State. During the early 20th century this principle however became challenged by the emerging welfare state and its need to collect integrity sensitive data to achieve its goal of creating equal opportunities for all its citizens. As a result of this development several secrecy laws were passed in the Swedish parliament in order to protect the citizens right to privacy.

This thesis examines how the lawmakers regarded the concept of privacy within the Public Enquires that preceded the legislation. To understand the development from a legal and societal perspective, John Rawls concept of the rule of law combined with David Beethams theory of legitimacy is used as a theoretical framework. Furthermore, discourse analysis as described by Argentinian-British philosophers Ernesto Laclau & Chantal Mouffe is used as a methodological framework.

The main result of the study is that while there throughout the 21th century existed a concept of privacy and rule of law, the relation between these ideas heavily variated during the studied period of time. This is largely due to the surrounding society, where secrecy in the first half of the 21th century was used to protect the citizens from each other and to help establish the welfare state. During the later period the societal climate however changed and therefore secrecy became increasingly challenged by new ideas of public access and a more classic concept of the rule of law, where openness was proposed as a way to help protect the citizens from the state. (Less)
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author
Eriksson, Peter LU
supervisor
organization
course
ABMM34 20181
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Archival science, public access to official documents, privacy, integrity, legitimacy, history, rule of law, secrecy, arkivvetenskap, personlig integritet, sekretess, historia
language
Swedish
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8943167
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2018-08-17 14:05:13
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2018-08-17 14:05:13
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  abstract     = {Since 1766 the principle public access to official documents have been the main rule and secrecy the exception within the Swedish State. During the early 20th century this principle however became challenged by the emerging welfare state and its need to collect integrity sensitive data to achieve its goal of creating equal opportunities for all its citizens. As a result of this development several secrecy laws were passed in the Swedish parliament in order to protect the citizens right to privacy.

This thesis examines how the lawmakers regarded the concept of privacy within the Public Enquires that preceded the legislation. To understand the development from a legal and societal perspective, John Rawls concept of the rule of law combined with David Beethams theory of legitimacy is used as a theoretical framework. Furthermore, discourse analysis as described by Argentinian-British philosophers Ernesto Laclau & Chantal Mouffe is used as a methodological framework.

The main result of the study is that while there throughout the 21th century existed a concept of privacy and rule of law, the relation between these ideas heavily variated during the studied period of time. This is largely due to the surrounding society, where secrecy in the first half of the 21th century was used to protect the citizens from each other and to help establish the welfare state. During the later period the societal climate however changed and therefore secrecy became increasingly challenged by new ideas of public access and a more classic concept of the rule of law, where openness was proposed as a way to help protect the citizens from the state.},
  author       = {Eriksson, Peter},
  keyword      = {Archival science,public access to official documents,privacy,integrity,legitimacy,history,rule of law,secrecy,arkivvetenskap,personlig integritet,sekretess,historia},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Att värna privatlivets helgd : en arkivvetenskaplig studie av sekretesslagens utveckling 1927-2010},
  year         = {2018},
}