Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information : Local Government and Accountability

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This volume contains articles examining freedom of information statutes, including those protecting government employees who expose official misconduct. Using United States laws as examples, the articles explore the relationship of these laws to administrative and constitutional theory in the United States. In addition, they demonstrate how varying conceptions of information illuminate the controversies in the application of these laws to the revolution in the electronic storage and retrieval of information. The articles allow the reader to speculate how the connection of these laws to liberal democratic theory explains their recent adoption in several countries and their international application.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 19.05mm | 468g
  • Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • New ed
  • 0754679772
  • 9780754679776

Table of contents

Contents: Freedom of information: local government, Michael Hunt and Richard A. Chapman; The context and challenges of freedom of information in local government; a practitioner's perspective, Sir David Henshaw; Openness and freedom of information in local government: concepts and issues, Richard A. Chapman; Open government at the local level in England: FoI implementation from 2005 to 2008, Sarah Holsen and Ben Worthy; Local government, freedom of information and participation, Michael Hunt; Freedom of information in Scotland and the UK: time to notice the difference, Kevin Dunion; The impact of freedom of information on Irish local government, Maeve McDonagh; Freedom of information and the campaign to protect rural England, Howard Elcock; Freedom of information and participation: comparing local and central government, Jim Chandler; The morality of open government, Peter Barberis; Freedom of information: local government, democracy and accountability, Richard A. Chapman and Michael Hunt; Appendix; Index.
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Review quote

'Chapman and Hunt have continued with their analyses of open government and FOI. This present volume offers some thoughtful and worthy contributions'. Public Law 'Freedom of information (FoI) is still such a new phenomenon in the United Kingdom that this text is a very welcome contribution to our understanding of its impact... this is an excellent text, well written and edited, containing a range of strong facts and reflections on this relatively new (to the UK) legislation. It offers genuine insight into how the legislation is impacting on local government organisations.' Library Review
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About Michael Hunt

Richard A. Chapman is Emeritus Professor of Politics, University of Durham, UK and Honorary Research Fellow in Durham Business School. Michael Hunt is Senior Lecturer in Public Administration at Sheffield Hallam University, UK
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