Freedom of Information in Post-Communist Countries: Case Studies of the Czech Republic, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina
This paper examines the relationships between freedom of information and post-communist democratization. What types of laws have post-communist put in place to ensure free access to government information? How has the process of joining the European Union affected information access? Has increased information access affected the levels of government transparency? After a discussion of these topics and the current political and information science literature which address them, I will explore these topics specifically through case studies of three countries: the Czech Republic, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
While each of these three countries have the legal structures in place to ensure free access to information, the Czech Republic, farther along in its democratic development than Croatia or Bosnia, allows its citizens to access government information more easily. However, as Croatia and Bosnia join the European Union, hopefully both democratic governments and further access to government information will follow.
School Location:USA - North Carolina
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:freedom of information czech republic croatia bosnia and herzegovina case studies government
Date of Publication:04/09/2007