Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, April 27, 2015

Will more information help?

If corruption and anti-democratic practices take place mostly in secret, will more information make Mexico more democratic and less corrupt?

Mexican Congress expands reach of freedom-of-information law
Mexico's Congress has approved freedom of information legislation that will allow public access to data from almost any entity that receives government funding.

The measure was passed… in the lower house on a 264-68 vote and now goes to the president for his signature.

President Enrique Pena Nieto wrote in his Twitter account that the law "will strengthen the accountability of the Mexican government and combat corruption."

Mexicans can currently use freedom-of-information requests to get data from government agencies. But the new law now also covers requests to unions, political parties and government-supported councils and commissions…

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