Monday, May 7, 2007

Reasons for the Success of FOI in the US

Doty argues that the reasons for the success of FOI legislation in the US are as follows:

a tradition of self-rule, many policy instruments to open government to scrutiny, a cadre of well-educated and politically astute information professionals, a relatively free press, largely independent courts and prosecutors, dedicated FOIA personnel in Federal agencies, and a national tradition of openness in public communication.[1]

[1] Philip Doty, Freedom of Information in the United States: Historical Foundations and Current Trends (2000) The University of Texas at Austin< >at 6 May 2007.

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