Brokering Access

Power, Politics, and Freedom of Information in Canada

Edited by Mike Larsen and Kevin Walby

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  • Published: February 2013
  • Subject Listing: Political Science, Journalism
  • Bibliographic information: 400 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

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.

Mike Larsen is an instructor in the Criminology Department of Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Kevin Walby is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Victoria. Other contributors include Reem Bahdi, Jim Bronskill, Tia Dafnos, Willem de Lint, Gary Dickson, Yavar Hameed, Sean P. Hier, Steve Hewitt, David McKie, Jeff Monaghan, Justin Piché, Jim Rankin, Ann Rees, Fred Vallance-Jones, and Matthew G. Yeager.

"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