The Impact of the Freedom of Information Act in the UK
Nigel Bowles, James T Hamilton, David Levy (eds) Transparency in Politics and the Media: Accountability and Open Government, London: L.B. Tauris, 31-45, 2013
15 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2014 Last revised: 31 Dec 2014
Date Written: August 26, 2013
Since 2007, the Constitution Unit based at University College London has studied the impact of the Freedom of Information Act on British central government (Hazell, Worthy and Glover 2010), English local government (Worthy, Bourke and Amos 2011) and Parliament (Hazell, Worthy and Bourke 2012). In all three cases we have looked at whether FOI has met six main objectives set for it by its supporters. We have also examined whether FOI has had an impact on the day-to-day operations of these bodies, either positively or negatively. This article is an extended version of evidence submitted to the House of Commons Justice Committee in 2012.
Keywords: Freedom of Information, Transparency, UK
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