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University of Florida Press

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The Journal of Civic Information

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FOI laws are of a category of laws acutely predisposed to internal resistance and erosion. The study seeks to better understand these limitations by examining legal elements of the laws through an exploratory field study, or audit, of nine state FOI laws. Among the study’s findings are two uniquely strong predictors of better FOI results: The existence of an independent FOI advocacy organization in the state and a legislature subject to the law. The findings suggest cultivating a culture of transparency may be as or more important than any of the generally considered legal variables, such as deadlines or penalties.


Published version. Journal of Civic Information, Vol. 3, No. 2 (August 2021): 29-49. DOI. This article is © 2021 A. Jay Wagner. Used with permission. Published under Creative Commons License CC BY-NC, Attribution Noncommercial 4.0 International.

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