The Laws of Transparency in Action

A European Perspective

  • Dacian C. Dragos
  • Polonca Kovač
  • Albert T. Marseille

Part of the Governance and Public Management book series (GPM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. The EU FOIA

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
  3. The National FOIAs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Yseult Marique, Emmanuel Slautsky
      Pages 73-118
    3. Stef Keunen, Steven Van Garsse
      Pages 119-162
    4. Kars J. de Graaf, Albert T. Marseille, Hanna D. Tolsma
      Pages 163-204
    5. Christoph Emanuel Mueller, Bettina Engewald, Marius Herr
      Pages 205-253
    6. Polonca Kovač
      Pages 295-337
    7. Anamarija Musa
      Pages 339-387
    8. Bianca V. Radu, Dacian C. Dragos
      Pages 425-470
    9. Stanislav Kadečka, Jan Brož, Lukáš Rothanzl
      Pages 471-500
    10. Dobrosav Milovanović, Marko Davinić, Vuk Cucić
      Pages 501-541
    11. Pernille Boye Koch, Rikke Gottrup, Michael Gøtze
      Pages 563-595
  4. Comparative Summarising Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 597-597
    2. Dacian C. Dragos, Eliška Drapalova, Albert T. Marseille
      Pages 599-638
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 659-666

About this book


Dacian C. Dragos is Jean Monnet Professor of Administrative and European Law and Co-director of the Center for Good Governance Studies at the Babes Bolyai University, Romania. Since 2010 he has chaired the Law and Administration panel of the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA). His research publications include several edited books, over 20 chapters in international books, and over 50 papers in scientific journals.

Polonca Kovač is an Associate Professor of Administrative Law and Public Administration at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She is as a steering committee member of the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee) and a co-director of the Law and Administration panel of the EGPA. She is an editor and author of numerous scientific articles and books, and an OECD/SIGMA expert. 

A. T. (Bert) Marseille is Professor of Public Administration at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He is a co-director of the Law and Administration panel of the EGPA, a member of the steering committee for the promotion of Empirical Legal Studies in the Netherlands, chair of the Section North of the Dutch Association for Public Administration, and an editor of the Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Bestuursrecht.

This book examines the issue of free access to information as part of the openness and transparency principles. The free access to public information has become one of the most hotly contested aspects of contemporary government and public administration. Many countries in Europe have well-established Freedom of Information laws (FOIAs), while others have adopted them more recently. The problems that occur in the implementation of FOIAs are different due to the legal and institutional context; nevertheless, patterns of best practices and malfunctioning are comparable. The book analyses in comparative and empirical perspective the respective main challenges. Whilst the existing literature focusses on the legal provisions, this book offers practical insights through 13 national profiles and the EU level, on how effective the legal provisions of FOIAs really prove to be.


transparency freedom of information FOIA the right to information RTI access to information re-use of information proactive information exceptions Information Commissioner Ombudsman reforms public administration administrative procedure remedies legal and empirical research France Belgium The Netherlands Germany

Editors and affiliations

  • Dacian C. Dragos
    • 1
  • Polonca Kovač
    • 2
  • Albert T. Marseille
    • 3
  1. 1.Center for Good Governance StudiesBabeș-Bolyai UniversityCluj NapocaRomania
  2. 2.Faculty of AdministrationUniversity of LjubljanaLjubljanaSlovenia
  3. 3.Department of Constitutional Law, Administrative Law and Public AdministrationUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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