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Politics of Freedom of Information : How and Why Governments Pass Laws That Threaten Their Power
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Why do governments pass freedom of information laws? The symbolic power and force surrounding FOI makes it appealing as an electoral promise but hard to disengage from once in power. However, behind closed doors compromises and manoeuvers ensure that bold policies are seriously weakened before they reach the statute book.The politics of freedom of information examines how Tony Blair's government proposed a radical FOI law only to back down in fear of what it would do. But FOI survived, in part due to thegovernment's reluctance to be seen to reject a law that spoke of 'freedom', 'information' and 'rights'. After comparing the British experience with the difficult development of FOI in Australia, India and the United States - and the rather different cases of Ireland and New Zealand - the book concludes by looking at how the disruptive, dynamic and democratic effects of FOI laws continue to cause controversy once in operation.
Number of Pages: 227
Genre: Political Science
Publisher: Manchester Univ Pr
Author: Ben Worthy
Street Date: March 10, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-45-7930
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