Definition of Maxwellization in English:


(British Maxwellisation)


mass nounBritish
  • A confidential procedure whereby individuals criticized in an official inquiry are given the opportunity to read relevant sections of a draft report of the inquiry and challenge or object to the critical findings before a final version is published.

    ‘the inquiry took evidence from around 150 people and the large number facing criticism is cited as one reason why Maxwellization is taking so long’
    as modifier ‘he was not prepared to forecast a date for delivering his report until the completion of the Maxwellization process’


1990s: from the name of the Czech-born British publisher and media entrepreneur Robert Maxwell; in 1971 the Department of Trade and Industry published a report containing comments that were critical of Maxwell, after which he sued them, claiming he had not been given the opportunity to respond to the criticism before it was made public.