Freedom of Information in Europe: Creation, Context and Conflict

Contested Trade-Offs: Transparency and Secrecy in European Democracies. Forthcoming

21 Pages Posted: 24 Jun 2019

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Ben Worthy

University of London - Birkbeck College

Date Written: June 24, 2019

Abstract

This paper takes an overview of the development and implementation of Access to Information laws across Europe. It argues that laws are shaped (and re-shaped) by their creation, context and the resulting conflict. It begins by examining the link between the passage of the legislation and the differences in their implementation. While there are common features and trends in ATI laws, they differ by the type of political systems, legacies of open or secret cultures, and the strength of political support or opposition. The paper ends by looking at how contestation and conflict continue to shape Europe’s ATI laws. Regimes go through phases of ‘expansion’ or ‘dismantling’ over time and systems are now increasingly shaped by the wider ‘ecology’ of openness in which they are placed (Knill 2012: Kreimer 2017).

Keywords: Access to Information, Freedom of Information, Europe

Suggested Citation

Worthy, Ben, Freedom of Information in Europe: Creation, Context and Conflict (June 24, 2019). Contested Trade-Offs: Transparency and Secrecy in European Democracies. Forthcoming . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3409066 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3409066

Ben Worthy (Contact Author)

University of London - Birkbeck College ( email )

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London, WC1E 7HX
United Kingdom

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