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Routledge Handbook of Constitutional Law by Cheryl Saunders, Thomas Fleiner, Mark Tushnet

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17Ancient and modern: access to information and constitutional governance

Thomas Bull and Hugh Corder

17.1 Introduction

The electronic revolution of the past 25 years has facilitated the quest for transparent government. As a result, demands for freedom of information (FOI) have been made with increasing force and frequency, and there has been a corresponding flurry of legislative activity, coinciding especially with the wave of democratisation in Eastern Europe and Asia that resulted from the collapse of the Soviet Union, and elsewhere in the developing world (see Darch and Underwood 2009 for an extensive treatment of this latter area). In 1983, the number of countries with FOI legislation reached double figures for the first time; between ...

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