Disruptive, Dynamic and Democratic? Ten Years of Freedom of Information in the UK
Parliamentary Affairs, Forthcoming
19 Pages Posted: 28 Dec 2015
Date Written: December 28, 2015
The UK’s FOI Act came into force in 2005. Three linked research projects were conducted to evaluate its overall impact, and assess to what extent FOI has met its objectives across central and local government and parliament. They conclude that FOI has met its ‘core’ objectives, making central government more transparent and accountable. However, it has not improved decision-making, public understanding, participation or trust. Nor has FOI significantly changed how government works, despite politicians’ fears of a chilling effect. The article concludes with a look at key issues that will shape the future of FOI.
Keywords: evaluation; freedom of information; impact on Whitehall; impact on local government; policy objectives; successes and failures
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