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    Assessing the performance of freedom of information

    Hazell, R. and Worthy, Benjamin (2010) Assessing the performance of freedom of information. Government Information Quarterly 27 (4), pp. 352-359. ISSN 0740-624X.

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    How well has the UK FOI Act worked in practice now that it has been in force for 4 years? This article discusses how to measure the performance of FOI regimes. It presents the evidence on the performance of FOI in the UK measured against comparative data from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Ireland, countries with access to information legislation and similar political systems. On a range of measures, the UK Act is found to have performed reasonably well, but it also suffers from problems common to all FOI regimes. The article concludes with some observations on what makes for a successful FOI regime, and how to measure it.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): freedom of information, FOI, performance
    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 11:57
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:08


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