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Evaluating Freedom of Information Laws: Objectives, Approaches, and Practical Considerations

  • Freedom of information (FOI) laws aim to improve the public’s opportunities to access official information from public authorities and hence to increase the level of transparency. Thus, it is important to know whether and to what degree the effects intended by establishing FOI laws are achieved and how their implementation could be improved. In order to answer these questions, FOI laws have to be evaluated. Unfortunately, attempts to evaluate FOI laws are still in their infancy. To promote sound evaluation, this article aims to provide guidance on how comprehensive FOI law evaluations might be designed and conducted.

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Author:Christoph E. Müller
Parent Title (English):International Journal of Public Administration
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Place of publication:Philadelphia, Pa.
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2019
Publishing Institution:Deutsches Forschungsinstitut für öffentliche Verwaltung
Release Date:2019/09/17
Reviewed Document?:Ja
First Page:1020
Last Page:1030
Licence (German):License LogoUrhG – es gilt deutsches Urheberrecht