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dc.contributor.authorThomas, O
dc.date.accessioned2020-05-06T12:21:11Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.description.abstractState secrecy is a necessary tool of liberal democratic governance, but public scrutiny of government is also essential to ensure accountability and good policy-making. The British Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was introduced to promote such goals, giving the public a right of access to all but the most sensitive information. This law is flawed. The law explicitly assumes that the disclosure of official material poses an inherent danger to society and that secrecy works to protect against such harms. The notion that secrecy is also always potentially harmful to those same societal interests is absent. Drawing on recent legal disputes, I show how this imbalance has a profound and paradoxical effect: information that should, in principle, be accessible through the law is always too dangerous to release and is consequently subjected to permanent concealment.en_GB
dc.identifier.citationIn: Transparency and Secrecy in European Democracies - Contested Trade-offs edited by D. Mokrosinska. Chapter 7en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10871/120947
dc.language.isoenen_GB
dc.publisherRoutledgeen_GB
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.routledge.com/Transparency-and-Secrecy-in-European-Democracies-Contested-Trade-offs/Mokrosinska/p/book/9780367133405
dc.rights.embargoreasonUnder temporary indefinite embargo pending publication by Routledge. 18 month embargo to be applied on publication (expected 12 November 2020)en_GB
dc.titleParadoxical secrecy in British Freedom of Information Lawen_GB
dc.typeBook chapteren_GB
dc.date.available2020-05-06T12:21:11Z
dc.contributor.editorMokrosinska, Den_GB
dc.relation.isPartOfContested Trade-offs: Transparency and Secrecy in European Democraciesen_GB
dc.descriptionThis is the author accepted manuscript.en_GB
dc.rights.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserveden_GB
dcterms.dateAccepted2020-01-15
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rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2020-01-15
rioxxterms.typeBook chapteren_GB
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