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Secrecy and Open Government : Why Governments Want you to Know - K. Robertson

Secrecy and Open Government

Why Governments Want you to Know

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Does the Labour Government's commitment to Freedom of Information mean the end of excessive secrecy in the UK? Why has Britain finally decided to join the many other countries that enjoy a 'right to know'? This book places the current UK debate over open government in its political context. Robertson argues that just as secrecy reflected the interests of the powerful, so too does freedom of information. This is a radical and challenging alternative to the conventional view that open government is concerned with empowering 'the people'.

Introductionp. 1
The Morality of Secrecy: the Philosophy and Politics of State Secrecyp. 9
Surveillance and Secrecyp. 25
The End of Whitehall? Reform of the British Civil Servicep. 41
Accountable Government?p. 57
Data Protection, Privacy and Limited Rights of Accessp. 67
Listening Inp. 79
Official Secrecyp. 85
Defending the Realm: MI5p. 97
The Democratisation of UK Intelligence?p. 111
Overseas Experience: FOI in Canada, Australia and New Zealandp. 125
Freedom of Information in the UKp. 141
Conclusionp. 157
Notesp. 161
Indexp. 191
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ISBN: 9780333753675
ISBN-10: 0333753674
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 202
Published: 8th March 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.79  x 21.59
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1