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Yet, rather than taking this assertion at face value, they question whether strengthening procedural rights, such as access to information, is actually necessary to achieve economic growth. Indeed, if there is any criticism to be made of the book, it is that Darch and Underwood introduce such a wide range of topics that it is not possible for them to go into all of them at great length. In chapter four, the authors explore the challenges of compliance, particularly with regards to the bureaucratic nature of governments. Authors Colin Darch and Peter G.

The former focuses on countries in transition, examining the assumption that freedom of access to information and socio-economic development are causally linked. Darch and Underwood avoid a didactic style of writing, but rather make it clear that they do not have all the answers and challenge their readers to draw their own conclusions. Darch and Underwood agree that governments should be held accountable and that citizens should have the power to seek government information.

They point out that public

Used sparingly, this technique gives the reader a chance to reflect on the material and feel engaged in conversation with the authors. They point out that public uptake has been low and the government is still secretive. Darch and Underwood begin by examining the seemingly obvious question of why access to government information is crucial and should be granted protection in law. They have raised as many questions as they have answered, providing opportunities for further research. Darch and Underwood cite China in particular as an example of a country that has achieved remarkable economic growth without adopting a liberal approach to information access.

The book is written in an engaging manner, and the authors demonstrate their mastery of the material without being condescending. They have written an academic book with practical applications that are relevant to information professionals and government officials. The book is part of the Chandos Information Professional series, and whilst the book will have particular resonance with information professionals, the book is aimed at a much wider audience. Darch and Underwood are also extremely knowledgeable of participatory democracy and socio- economic development. Summary The book is comprised of eight chapters, which can broadly be divided into two parts.

Openness, access to government information and Caribbean governance. The challenges of implementing in the democratizing world. The authors have introduced many topics that need to be researched further, thereby laying the foundation for further work in the field.

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Indeed, this is already becoming standard practice in some regions, and Darch and Underwood argue it can be developed further. Darch and Underwood expertly weave classical theory with pop culture references to s television comedy Yes, Minister to provide an account of bureaucracy that is accessible yet thorough. These initiatives have encountered similar problems, including lack of implementation and enforcement, potentially due to weak institutional systems. The authors occasionally rely on the use of rhetorical questions to introduce new topics.

Identifying drivers of effectiveness in implementation. References Caribbean Freedom of Information Network.