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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

Ben Worthy

University of London - Birkbeck College

Robert Hazell

University of London

Date Written: August 26, 2013

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Worthy, Ben and Hazell, Robert, The Impact of the Freedom of Information Act in the UK (August 26, 2013). 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. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2487541

Ben Worthy (Contact Author)

University of London - Birkbeck College ( email )

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Robert Hazell

University of London

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London, WC1E 7HU
United Kingdom

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