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    Disruptive, dynamic and democratic? Ten years of FOI in the UK

    Worthy, Benjamin and Hazell, R. (2017) Disruptive, dynamic and democratic? Ten years of FOI in the UK. Parliamentary Affairs 70 (1), pp. 22-42. ISSN 0031-2290.

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    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 the key issues that will shape the future of FOI


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Evaluation, Freedom of information, Impact on Whitehall, Impact on local government, Policy objectives, Successes and failures
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Birkbeck Centre for British Political Life
    Depositing User: Ben Worthy
    Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2017 14:44
    Last Modified: 13 Feb 2024 10:58


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