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Brokering Access
Power, Politics, and Freedom of Information Process in Canada
Mike Larsen   Kevin Walby  

$95.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 8/10/2012
ISBN: 9780774823227    

$34.95 Paperback
Release Date: 1/1/2013
ISBN: 9780774823234    

400 Pages


About the Book

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 our 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.

About the Author(s)

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword / Ann Cavoukian
Introduction: On the Politics of Access to Information / Mike Larsen and Kevin Walby
Part 1: Access to Information, Past and Present
1 Sustaining Secrecy: Executive Branch Resistance to Access to Information in Canada / Ann Rees
2 Access Regimes: Provincial Freedom of Information Law across Canada / Gary Dickson
Part 2: Behind Closed Doors -- Security and Information Control
3 Flying the Secret Skies: Difficulties in Obtaining Data on Canadian Airport Security Screening Tests Following 9/11 / Jim Bronskill
4 Access to Information in an Age of Intelligencized Governmentality / Willem de Lint and Reem Bahdi
5 Accessing Dirty Data: Methodological Strategies for Social Problems Research / Yavar Hameed and Jeff Monaghan
Part 3: Access to Information and Critical Research Strategies
6 The Freedom of Information Act as a Methodological Tool: Suing the Government for Data / Matthew G. Yeager
7 "He who controls the present, controls the past": The Canadian Security State's Imperfect Censorship under the Access to Information Act / Steve Hewitt
8 Behind the Blue Line: Using ATI in Researching the Policing of Aboriginal Activism / Tia Dafnos
9 Accessing the State of Imprisonment in Canada: Information Barriers and Negotiation Strategies
/ Justin Piché
10 Accessing Information on Streetscape Video Surveillance in Canada / Sean P. Hier
Part 4: Dispatches from the Fourth Estate -- Access to Information and Investigative Journalism
11 Access, Administration, and Democratic Intent / Fred Vallance-Jones
12 Access to Information: The Frustrations -- and the Hope / David McKie
13 The Quest for Electronic Data: Where Alice Meets Monty Python Meets Colonel Jessep / Jim Rankin
Postscript / Suzanne Legault


"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

"When freedom of information can be obstructed under false claims of national security, we all need to ask ourselves, how does this reflect upon the nature of our democracy? It is frustrating that books like this one still need to be published. But the fact that they are being published, and they are being read -- and I would strongly encourage all Canadians to read this one -- is a good sign." -- From the foreword by Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner for the Province of Ontario

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