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Better than asking: an experiment on the effectiveness of FOI requests

Worthy, Ben, John, Peter and Vannoni, Matia (2016) Better than asking: an experiment on the effectiveness of FOI requests. British Politics and Policy at LSE (18 Feb 2016). Website.

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In July 2015 the government appointed a new independent commission to look into how the law on freedom of information (FOI) is working. Having received 30,000 pieces of evidence, the commission has also managed to unite the Guardian and the Daily Mail against it while Labour has responded with its own alternative review. Here, Ben Worthy, Peter John, and Matia Vannoni explain how their field experiment provides evidence that FOI requests work, and that they are twice as likely to get a response than informal requests.

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Additional Information: © 2016 The Author(s) CC BY-NC-ND 3.0
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
K Law > KD England and Wales
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2017 10:13
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 08:32

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