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    Exploring FOI publicity patterns: the case of Italian municipalities

    Worthy, Ben and Cicatielloa, L. and De Simone, E. and Di Mascioc, F. and Gaeta, G.L. and Natalini, A. (2022) Exploring FOI publicity patterns: the case of Italian municipalities. Government Information Quarterly 39 (2), p. 101678. ISSN 0740-624X.

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    This paper aims to study FOI publicity implementation patterns by Italian municipalities' (>30,000 inhabitants). The analysis relies on data collected through an original survey of the municipalities' websites. Data allow inspecting the information that local governments disclose about the procedures for the presentation of FOI requests and how the FOI requests received in the past were managed. Cluster analyses reveal that the municipalities are rather heterogeneous in managing FOI publicity. Some of them provide full disclosure of relevant information; instead, others show non-compliance with the guidelines issued by the Italian central government. Regression analyses suggest that municipalities' size and income positively correlate with more elevated publicity. Civic capital is also positively connected with information about the procedures for presenting FOI requests. Factors affecting the demand for information about FOI, such as education and access to the internet, do not seem to be linked with publicity patterns.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Ben Worthy
    Date Deposited: 11 May 2022 12:38
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:15


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