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    The information-gathering matrix: a framework for conceptualizing the use of freedom of information laws

    Michener, G. and Worthy, Benjamin (2015) The information-gathering matrix: a framework for conceptualizing the use of freedom of information laws. Administration & Society 50 (4), pp. 476-500. ISSN 0095-3997.

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    Abstract

    Scholarship on transparency and freedom of information (FOI) conveys an overwhelmingly “political” narrative. Most uses of FOI, however, are private and nonpolitical in nature. This article explores the gap between the literature and empirical reality by means of an “Information-Gathering Matrix,” a framework for conceptualizing the motivations, uses, and impacts associated with FOI. Following a broad literature review, case studies illustrate that while FOI uses may be multifarious and prima facie nonpolitical, at least three of the matrix’s four quadrants—from the public to the private and the political to the nonpolitical—frequently tend toward politicization.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): freedom of information, access to information, transparency, information-gathering
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
    Research Centre: British Politics and Public Life, Centre for the Study of
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2015 12:52
    Last Modified: 12 Mar 2018 11:17
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/12463

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