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    Open house: freedom of information and its impact on the UK parliament

    Hazell, R. and Bourke, G. and Worthy, Benjamin (2012) Open house: freedom of information and its impact on the UK parliament. Public Administration 90 (4), pp. 901-921. ISSN 1467-9299.

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    Not all parliaments are subject to Freedom of Information (FOI), and no one has studied what difference it makes to the working of a parliament. This article evaluates the impact of FOI on the UK Parliament by reference to its main objectives. It finds that FOI has made Westminster slightly more open and accountable; but it has not increased public understanding, participation, or trust. Westminster was already very open and other initiatives have helped increase participation. Trust was badly damaged by the MPs' expenses scandal, triggered by FOI requests. The House of Commons' hesitant response to those requests revealed problems of corporate governance.


    Item Type: Article
    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: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2013 11:29
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:08


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