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Ireland and the Freedom of Information Act: FOI@15

Maura Adshead and Tom Felle (eds)

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780719097188
eISBN:
9781526104281
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719097188.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Law, Crime and Deviance

Freedom of information (FOI) is important because it aims to makes government open, transparent and accountable. FOI legislation is based on the premise that people have the right of access to public ... More


A glass half-full or half-empty? Citizens’ experiences with FOI

Tom Felle and Gavin Sheridan

in Ireland and the Freedom of Information Act: FOI@15

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780719097188
eISBN:
9781526104281
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719097188.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Law, Crime and Deviance

Examines the citizen’s experience of FOI. It begins with a basic ‘how to’ guide to making an FOI request and details citizens’ usage of the Act since its inception. Following an examination of ... More


The Politics of Freedom of Information: How and Why Governments Pass Laws that Threaten their Power

Ben Worthy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780719097676
eISBN:
9781526124159
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719097676.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Why do governments pass freedom of information laws? The symbolic power and force surrounding FOI makes it appealing as an electoral promise but hard to disengage from once in power. However, behind ... More


International trends in freedom of information

Nat O’Connor

in Ireland and the Freedom of Information Act: FOI@15

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780719097188
eISBN:
9781526104281
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719097188.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Law, Crime and Deviance

This chapter places our understanding of freedom of information in an international context, by examining the evolution of governmental attitudes towards the relationship between public access to ... More


Freedom of information and national security: where’s the harm in that?

Jennifer Kavanagh

in Ireland and the Freedom of Information Act: FOI@15

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780719097188
eISBN:
9781526104281
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719097188.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Law, Crime and Deviance

Examines the clash between national security and the public interest in Ireland’s FOI legislation. Noting that freedom of information is grounded in the public interest to access information, whereas ... More


FOI and public trust in parliament

Mark Mulqueen

in Ireland and the Freedom of Information Act: FOI@15

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780719097188
eISBN:
9781526104281
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719097188.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Law, Crime and Deviance

Examines the response made to FOI legislation in the Oireachtas and suggests that FOI is but one move towards a more functional and developed system of open government in Ireland. Highlighting that ... More


Reflections on freedom of information: past, present and future

Eithne FitzGerald, John Carroll, and Peter Tyndall

in Ireland and the Freedom of Information Act: FOI@15

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780719097188
eISBN:
9781526104281
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719097188.003.0009
Subject:
Sociology, Law, Crime and Deviance

Presents three critical reflections on the initial intentions, contemporary usage and possible evolution of FOI legislation in Ireland by three practitioners well placed to comment. This chapter ... More


Conclusions

Maura Adshead, Tom Felle, and Nat O’Connor

in Ireland and the Freedom of Information Act: FOI@15

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780719097188
eISBN:
9781526104281
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719097188.003.0010
Subject:
Sociology, Law, Crime and Deviance

The book concludes with some summary insights offered by the editors and Nat O’Connor, who was responsible for setting out the international and comparative context of Irish FOI legislation in the ... More


Freedom of Information: A Global Perspective

Sudhir Naib

in The Right to Information Act 2005: A Handbook

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198067474
eISBN:
9780199081226
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198067474.003.0001
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

This chapter summarizes the development, the growth, and the present trend in the freedom of information (FOI) movement and the general applicability of this doctrine within a global context. It ... More


Four PSIE Challenges

Alon Peled

in Traversing Digital Babel: Information, E-Government, and Exchange

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780262027878
eISBN:
9780262319867
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027878.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, Public Policy

Chapter seven addresses four political and ethical dilemmas associated with the implementation of a Public Sector Information Exchange (PSIE). (1) The democracy challenge presents a trade-off between ... More


FOI: hard to resist and hard to escape

Ben Worthy

in The Politics of Freedom of Information: How and Why Governments Pass Laws that Threaten their Power

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780719097676
eISBN:
9781526124159
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719097676.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter takes on overview of FOI. Freedom of Information (FOI) laws are difficult to resist in opposition but hard to escape from once in power. A commitment to an FOI law sends out strong ... More


From radical to inevitable: the development of FOI in Britain

Ben Worthy

in The Politics of Freedom of Information: How and Why Governments Pass Laws that Threaten their Power

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780719097676
eISBN:
9781526124159
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719097676.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapters tells the story of the gradual movement, a tale of ‘modest incrementalism’ towards openness(Matthews 2015, 310). What began as too radical in the 1960s was becoming seemingly inevitable ... More


FOI in the UK: survival and afterlife

Ben Worthy

in The Politics of Freedom of Information: How and Why Governments Pass Laws that Threaten their Power

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780719097676
eISBN:
9781526124159
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719097676.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

The conclusion addresses the issue of why FOI survived, despite a lack of public interest. The UK FOI policy proceeded in distinct stages: an inside struggle followed by an external/internal ... More


FOI and the remaking of politics

Ben Worthy

in The Politics of Freedom of Information: How and Why Governments Pass Laws that Threaten their Power

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780719097676
eISBN:
9781526124159
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719097676.003.0010
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter examines how the same complex dynamics that shape FOI formulation continue after the passage of legislation. This chapter looks across the country cases, beginning with the UK, to see ... More


Conclusion: why do governments pass FOI laws?

Ben Worthy

in The Politics of Freedom of Information: How and Why Governments Pass Laws that Threaten their Power

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780719097676
eISBN:
9781526124159
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719097676.003.0011
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

The chapter maps out the competing dynamics of transparency reform, a policy with symbolic power that traps governments while becoming a site of contestation. In many countries FOI ‘survives’ because ... More


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