Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/173890
Authors: 
Lagunes, Paul
Pocasangre M., Oscar
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IDB Working Paper Series IDB-WP-836
Abstract: 
Freedom of Information Acts (FOIAs) aim to provide a channeled exchange between citizens and public officials that, irrespective of the citizen's identity, results in the provision of timely, relevant, and often new information about policy. The authors of this paper evaluated Mexico's FOIA by submitting 307 information requests on behalf of an average male citizen to government entities in the years 2007, 2013, and 2015. In 2007, the authors also submitted the same requests to 87 comparable entities on behalf of a male citizen who signaled clout. For the most part, entities are not discriminating between regular and seemingly influential citizens. Entities are also answering more frequently and providing more information in 2015 compared to earlier years, but they are taking longer to answer, frequently charging fees, and often failing to provide quality information to questions they are legally bound to answer. Mexico's FOIA is a functional system demanding significant improvements.
Subjects: 
Transparency
Accountability
Freedom of Information Acts (FOIAs)
JEL: 
D73
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/igo/legalcode
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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