Sunday, April 17, 2011

My article: China's Limited Push Model of FOI Legislation

China's Limited Push Model of FOI Legislation

Government Information Quarterly, Vol. 27, No. 4, pp. 346-351, October 2010

China has adopted a push model of Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation that emphasizes proactive disclosure of government information. This differs from a pull model that stresses citizen-initiated access or reactive disclosure. The push model of FOI legislation, which has reduced the importance of access requests in China, grew out of its local causes. However, the degree of push or proactive disclosure under China's current FOI Regulations is undermined by several factors, including a limited access mechanism, broad and vague exemptions, and the omission of the maximum disclosure principle.

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