Brokering Access: Power, Politics and Fredom of Information Process in Canada

Brokering Access: Power, Politics and Fredom of Information Process in Canada

by Kevin Walby
     
 

Access to information (ATI) is widely regarded as a fundamental democratic right. Yet in Canada there still exists a struggle between the public’s quest for accountability and the government’s culture of secrecy. Drawing together the perspectives of social scientists, journalists, and ATI advocates, Brokering Access explores the policies and practices

Overview

Access to information (ATI) is widely regarded as a fundamental democratic right. Yet in Canada there still exists a struggle between the public’s quest for accountability and the government’s culture of secrecy. Drawing together the perspectives of social scientists, journalists, and ATI advocates, Brokering Access explores the policies and practices surrounding access to information at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels. This groundbreaking volume is the first of its kind to promote the idea that ATI should be used as a critical research strategy. It is a vital resource for scholars, policy makers, journalists, and anyone who is concerned about access to information and its effect on all Canadians.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
An important and valuable volume, Brokering Access should be read not only by academics, journalists, and activists, but also by political and bureaucratic actors who are entrusted with interpreting and applying the access laws at the national and provincial level.
- Paul G. Thomas, professor emeritus, University of Manitoba

When freedom of information can be obstructed under false claims of national security, we all need to ask ourselves, how does this reflect upon the nature of our democracy? It is frustrating that books like this one still need to be published. But the fact that they are being published, and they are being read - and I would strongly encourage all Canadians to read this one - is a good sign.
- Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner for the Province of Ontario

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780774823234
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Publication date:
03/19/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Paul G. Thomas
An important and valuable volume, Brokering Access should be read not only by academics, journalists, and activists, but also by political and bureaucratic actors who are entrusted with interpreting and applying the access laws at the national and provincial level.

Ann Cavoukian
When freedom of information can be obstructed under false claims of national security, we all need to ask ourselves, how does this reflect upon the nature of our democracy? It is frustrating that books like this one still need to be published. But the fact that they are being published, and they are being read - and I would strongly encourage all Canadians to read this one - is a good sign.

Meet the Author

Mike Larsen is an instructor in the CriminologyDepartment of Kwantlen Polytechnic University. KevinWalby is an assistant professor of sociology at the Universityof Victoria.Contributors: Reem Bahdi, Jim Bronskill, AnnCavoukian, Tia Dafnos, Willem de Lint, Gary Dickson, Yavar Hameed,Steve Hewitt, Sean P. Hier, Suzanne Legault, David McKie, JeffreyMonaghan, Justin Piché, Jim Rankin, Ann Rees, Fred Vallance-Jones, andMatthew G. Yeager

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