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Towards More Open Democracies: The Expansion of Freedom of Information Laws

Bruce E. Cain, Patrick Egan, and Sergio Fabbrini

in Democracy Transformed?: Expanding Political Opportunities in Advanced Industrial Democracies

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199264995
eISBN:
9780191603259
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199264996.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

This chapter tracks the expansion of Freedom of Information (FoI) laws in advanced democracies, and examine the patterns of usage by citizens and the press in a few selected cases. In 1970s, only ... More


Democracy Transformed?: Expanding Political Opportunities in Advanced Industrial Democracies

Bruce E. Cain, Russell J. Dalton, and Susan E. Scarrow (eds)

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199264995
eISBN:
9780191603259
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199264996.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

This book examines how established democracies have responded to citizen demands for greater access, transparency, and accountability. In a series of coordinated chapters, a team of international ... More


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


What Hope for Freedom of Information in the UK?

Andrew McDonald

in Transparency: The Key to Better Governance?

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263839
eISBN:
9780191734915
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263839.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter assesses freedom of information (FOI) in the United Kingdom. It discusses the terminology associated with FOI, namely, transparency and openness. FOI refers to access to non-personal ... More


Transparency as a Human Right

Patrick Birkinshaw

in Transparency: The Key to Better Governance?

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263839
eISBN:
9780191734915
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263839.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

‘Transparency’, ‘openness’, and access to government-held information are widely applauded as remedies for the deficiencies and operations of government where government claims to be democratic but ... More


Dashed Expectations: Governmental Adaptation to Transparency Rules

Alasdair Roberts

in Transparency: The Key to Better Governance?

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263839
eISBN:
9780191734915
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263839.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

In January 2005, the United Kingdom's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) came into force, providing British citizens with a limited but justiciable right to government information. The Blair ... More


Archives of Authority

Andrew N. Rubin

in Archives of Authority: Empire, Culture, and the Cold War

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691154152
eISBN:
9781400842179
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691154152.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter details the correspondence between the author and the Central Intelligence Agency regarding the release of information in line with the Freedom of Information Act. At the same time the ... More


The Problem: How to Regulate State Secrecy?

Rahul Sagar

in Secrets and Leaks: The Dilemma of State Secrecy

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691168180
eISBN:
9781400880850
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691168180.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter examines whether state secrecy is commonly abused in contemporary America. A number of scholars argue that the real and apparent abuses of state secrecy are due not to flaws in the ... More


Access to State Information

Perry Keller

in European and International Media Law: Liberal Democracy, Trade, and the New Media

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780198268550
eISBN:
9780191728518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268550.003.0010
Subject:
Law, Intellectual Property, IT, and Media Law

Chapter Nine examines rights of access to state held information, also known as freedom of information law, as well as unauthorised disclosure of such information. As this Chapter explains, 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


The Hutton Inquiry: Some Wider Legal Aspects

William Twining

in Hutton and Butler: Lifting the Lid on the Workings of Power

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263297
eISBN:
9780191734519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263297.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

This chapter examines the legal aspects of the Hutton Inquiry. It suggests that the Hutton Report is not of great legal significance and that though it was criticizes it was not extreme example of ... More


The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Kevin Dunion

in Freedom of Information in Scotland in Practice

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9781845861223
eISBN:
9781474406178
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781845861223.003.0001
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

This chapter reprints the full text of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, which was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 24 April 2002 and received Royal Assent on 28 May 2002. The Act ... More


Freedom of information and policing: still a very secret service

Richard Dowling

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/9780719097188.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Law, Crime and Deviance

Looks at the difficult balancing act required by the needs of freedom of information versus law enforcement. Richard Dowling, an RTE investigative journalist with considerable experience of using FOI ... More


Beyond Exchanging First Principles? Some Closing Comments

Christopher Hood

in Transparency: The Key to Better Governance?

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263839
eISBN:
9780191734915
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263839.003.0013
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This concluding chapter explores four issues. First, what have we learned about transparency and how has it changed? Second, what seems to affect transparency – what accounts for growth or decline in ... More


The State of Freedom of Information in Scotland

Kevin Dunion

in Freedom of Information in Scotland in Practice

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9781845861223
eISBN:
9781474406178
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781845861223.003.0012
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

This chapter assesses the state of freedom of information (FOI) in Scotland since the passage of FOI laws, with the goal of taking stock, considering the country’s experience, reflecting on how far ... More


Privacies Not Wanted

Anita L. Allen

in Unpopular Privacy: What Must We Hide?

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780195141375
eISBN:
9780199918126
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195141375.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, General

This chapter argues that privacy is a ‘foundational’ good to which the United States and similar nations should have a substantive commitment as they do to personal freedom and equality. Foundational ... More


Rethinking Archival Politics: Trust, Truth, and the Law

Francis X. Blouin Jr. and William G. Rosenberg

in Processing the Past: Contesting Authorities in History and the Archives

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199740543
eISBN:
9780199894673
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740543.003.0010
Subject:
History, Historiography, History of Ideas

All scholars recognize that restricting access to “classified” materials is related to issues of political control, but this chapter argues that power in the archives is ubiquitous, and much less ... More


Fundamental Freedoms

John Bell

in French Constitutional Law

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198259480
eISBN:
9780191681967
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198259480.003.0006
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

This chapter addresses the extent to which fundamental freedoms are now protected through the Conseil constitutionnel. Following classical expositions of French civil liberties, the decisions of the ... More


Deferred Action: Examining the Jewel (or a Precious Form) of Prosecutorial Discretion

Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia and Leon Wildes

in Beyond Deportation: The Role of Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Cases

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781479829224
eISBN:
9781479807543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479829224.003.0005
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

This chapter provides a detailed analysis of “deferred action,” one of the most precious forms of prosecutorial discretion. Once a person is granted deferred action, he or she is eligible to apply ... More


Environmental Information

Kevin Dunion

in Freedom of Information in Scotland in Practice

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9781845861223
eISBN:
9781474406178
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781845861223.003.0002
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

This chapter provides an overview of freedom of information as it is practiced in Scotland, with particular emphasis on access to environmental information. Before the Freedom of Information ... More


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