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The Politics of Freedom of Information: How and Why Governments Pass Laws that Threaten their Power

Ben Worthy


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. 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 the government's reluctance to be seen to reject a law that spoke of 'freedom', 'information' ... More

Keywords: freedom of information, FOI, Tony Blair, New Labour, democracy, transparency, openness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780719097676
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719097676.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ben Worthy, author
Birkbeck College, University of London