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    More open but not more trusted? the effect of freedom of information on the UK central government

    Worthy, Benjamin (2010) More open but not more trusted? the effect of freedom of information on the UK central government. Governance 23 (4), pp. 561-582. ISSN 1468-0491.

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    Abstract

    This article examines the impact of Britain's Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 on British central government. The article identifies six objectives for FOI in the United Kingdom and then examines to what extent FOI has met them, briefly comparing the United Kingdom with similar legislation in Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada. It concludes that FOI has achieved the core objectives of increasing transparency and accountability, though the latter only in particular circumstances, but not the four secondary objectives: improved decision-making by government, improved public understanding, increased participation, and trust in government. This is not because the Act has “failed” but because the objectives were overly ambitious and FOI is shaped by the political environment in which it is placed.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
    Research Centres and Institutes: British Politics and Public Life, Centre for
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2013 11:42
    Last Modified: 07 Dec 2016 15:24
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/8691

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