[open-science] New Book on The Politics of Freedom of Information
Paola Di Maio
paola.dimaio at gmail.com
Sun Feb 19 16:06:35 UTC 2017
This book touches upon some of the issues discussed in the earlier thread
regarding dichotomy between policy and practice , albeit in a different
context, its clearly related-
*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*.
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From: SUZANNE PIOTROWSKI <spiotrow at scarletmail.rutgers.edu>
Date: Sat, Feb 18, 2017 at 2:15 PM
Subject: New Book on The Politics of Freedom of Information
A note from Ben Worthy on his latest book.
This is just a quick note to let you know about my new book *The Politics
of Freedom of Information: How and why governments pass laws that threaten
their power*, published by Manchester University Press this month. You can
read chapter one for free here
and find out more here http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.
uk/9780719097676/. There's also a summary of it here https://opendatastudy.
The blurb is below
'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 fear of what it would do. But FOI survived, in part
due to the government'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
Lecturer in Politics
Birkbeck College, University of London
Email: b.worthy at bbk.ac.uk
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Paola Di Maio
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