Freedom of Information and the Right to Know: The Origins and Applications of the Freedom of Information Act

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Overview

This examination of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) traces the American origins of the belief that the citizens of a democracy have a natural right to know about the workings of their government. The issue began in the colonies and came to a head in the 1950s when escalating government secrecy led the press to demand open government. Declaring that the public business is the public's business, a series of crusading newspaper editors aroused public support for the Freedom of Information Act which was passed in 1966.

The book features in-depth interviews with the architects of the FOIA, the FOIA staff in the major federal agencies, and the most prominent FOIA users throughout the country. The concluding chapter examines current impediments to the full realization of the people's right to know.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313285462
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/1999
  • Pages: 232
  • Lexile: 1490L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

HERBERT N. FOERSTEL is the retired former head of Branch Libraries at the University of Maryland in College Park and is a current member of the board of directors of the National Security Archive at George Washington University.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Right to Know 1
Ch. 2 A Legislative Remedy 33
Ch. 3 Government Compliance with the FOIA 71
Ch. 4 The Effective Use of the FOIA 123
Ch. 5 Freedom of Information in the New Millennium 163
App. 1 Text of the FOIA 193
App. 2 Selected FOIA Case List 205
Selected Bibliography 211
Index 213
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