The U.S. Freedom of Information Act at 50

1st Edition

W. Wat Hopkins

Routledge
May 1, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 148 Pages
ISBN 9780367530044 - CAT# 383131

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Summary

The federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which recently turned 50, has been hailed as the primary means by which US citizens can know about how their governors operate in a democratic republic. Recently, however, it has been criticized as ineffective because it is cumbersome and full of loopholes. This book examines the role and effectiveness of the FOIA, comparing the FOIA world with the pre-FOIA world, rating its effectiveness compared to other access laws internationally, examining ways in which it can be improved, and questioning whether it should be dismantled and replaced.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Communication Law and Policy.

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