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Freedom of Information
Local Government and Accountability

Edited By

Robert G. Vaughn

ISBN 9780754620815
Published December 28, 2000 by Routledge
472 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements -- Series Preface -- Introduction -- 1 Thomas 0. Sargentich (1984), 'The Reform of the American Administrative Process: The Contemporary Debate', Wisconsin Law Review, pp. 385-442. -- 2 Michael E. Tankersley (1998), 'How the Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 1996 Update Public Access for the Information Age', Administrative Law Review, 50, pp. 421-58. -- 3 James T. O'Reilly (1998), 'Expanding the Purpose of Federal Records Access: New Private Entitlement or New Threat to Privacy?', Administrative Law Review, 50,pp. 371-89. -- 4 Antonin Scalia ( 1982), 'The Freedom of Information Act Has No Clothes', Regulation: AEI Journal on Government and Society, 14, pp. 15-19. -- 5 James Boyle (1992), 'A Theory of Law and Information: Copyright, Spleens, Blackmail, and Insider Trading', California Law Review, 80, pp. 1413-540. -- 6 Thomas 0. McGarity and Sidney A. Shapiro (1980), 'The Trade Secret Status of Health and Safety Testing Information: Reforming Agency Disclosure Policies', Harvard Law Review, 93, pp. 837-88. -- 7 Thomas M. Devine (1999), 'The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989: Foundation for the Modern Law of Employment Dissent', Administrative Law Review, 51, pp. 531-79. -- 8 Debra L. Silverman (1997), 'Freedom of Information: Will Blair be Able to Break the Walls of Secrecy in Britain?', American University International Law Review, 13,pp.471-551. -- Name Index.

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'Local government has an immediate impact upon the lives of citizens, yet hitherto most attention on issues of transparency and openness has been directed towards central government. This clearly written, scholarly and accessible book fills a large gap in the literature and provides a welcome and timely contribution to an important area of concern.' John Greenaway, University of East Anglia, UK 'Hunt and Chapman should be commended for again bringing together experts to assess the impact of freedom of information on democratic systems of government. While focussing on British local government the book provides lessons for other systems including those in North America and elsewhere.' David L. Dillman, Abilene Christian University,Texas, USA