Research on Open Data and Transparency

Paper on the Impact of the Freedom of Information Act in the UK

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Here’s  a draft of chapter on the state and impact of FOI in the UK from 2013, written by myself and Robert Hazell-click here Worthy and Hazell FOI in the UK. It’s based on the research done at the Constitution Unit between 2007 and 2012.

The summary is below:

‘Since 2007, the Constitution Unit based at University College London has studied the impact of the Freedom of Information Act on British central government (Hazell, Worthy and Glover 2010), English local government (Worthy, Bourke and Amos 2011) and Parliament (Hazell, Worthy and Bourke 2012). In all three cases we have looked at whether FOI has met six main objectives set for it by its supporters. We have also examined whether FOI has had an impact on the day-to-day operations of these bodies, either positively or negatively. This article is an extended version of evidence submitted to the House of Commons Justice Committee in 2012.’

You can also find it on

Worthy, Ben and Hazell, Robert, The Impact of the Freedom of Information Act in the UK (August 26, 2013). Nigel Bowles, James T Hamilton, David Levy (eds) Transparency in Politics and the Media: Accountability and Open Government, London: L.B. Tauris, 31-45, 2013. Available at SSRN:


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