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The politics of freedom of information : how and why governments pass laws that threaten their power

Author: Ben Worthy
Publisher: Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 manoeuvres ensure that bold policies are seriously weakened before they reach the statute book. This book examines how Tony Blair's government proposed a radical FOI law only to back down in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ben Worthy
ISBN: 9781526108524 1526108526 9781526108517 1526108518 9781526124159 1526124157
OCLC Number: 979851005
Notes: 1. FOI: hard to resist and hard to escape 2. From radical to inevitable: the development of FOI in Britain 3. New Labour, new openness? 4. The 1997 White Paper: a symbolic victory? 5. The 1999 draft Bill: the retreat becomes a rout 6. The Parliamentary passage: asymmetric warfare 7. FOI in the UK: survival and afterlife 8. The US, Australia and India: two firsts and the greatest? 9. Ireland and New Zealand: a legacy and an assault from within 10. FOI and the remaking of politics Conclusion: why do governments pass FOI laws? References Index.
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Contents: FOI : hard to resist and hard to escape --
From radical to inevitable : the development of FOI in Britain --
New Labour, new openness? --
The 1997 white paper : a symbolic victory? --
The 1999 draft bill : the retreat becomes a rout --
The Parliamentary passage : asymmetric warfare --
FOI in the UK : survival and afterlife --
The US, Australia and India : two firsts and the greatest? --
Ireland and New Zealand : a legacy and an assault from within --
FOI and the remaking of politics --
Conclusion: Why do governments pass FOI laws?
Responsibility: Ben Worthy.

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This book explores the implementation of the UK's FOI law under Tony Blair, showing how the radical policy was weakened by compromises and clandestine agreements before reaching the statute book,  Read more...

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