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‘It's the tip of the iceberg’: the hidden tensions between theory, policy and practice in the management of Freedom of Information in English local government bodies—evidence from a regional study

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Paul Richter, Professor Rob WilsonORCiD


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On its introduction, the UK's Freedom of Information Act 2000 was heralded as signalling a new relationship between government and citizens. This article reflects on the role of FOI within approaches to information governance among local government bodies. Although FOI was acknowledged by research participants as being just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ set against broader information governance efforts, this article suggests that the UK is some way from a vibrant information commons.

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Author(s): Richter P, Wilson R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Public Money and Management

Year: 2013

Volume: 33

Issue: 3

Pages: 177-184

Print publication date: 05/04/2013

ISSN (print): 0954-0962

ISSN (electronic): 1467-9302

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2013.785702


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