Brokering Access

Available 2012 from UBC Press

Brokering Access
Politics, Power, and Freedom of Information in Canada

Edited by Mike Larsen and Kevin Walby

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) 

Kevin Walby is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Victoria.

Mike Larsen is an instructor in the Criminology Department of Kwantlen Polytechnic University.


“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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