AHRC Capacity Building Scheme | Liddle, Calum Douglas

  • McMenemy, David (Principal Investigator)
  • Poulter, Alan (Co-investigator)
  • Ruthven, Ian (Co-investigator)
  • Liddle, Calum Douglas (Research Co-investigator)

Project: Research Studentship - Internally Allocated

Project Details


Scotland finds itself so often in receipt of praise for having a stronger freedom of information regime. Media narration of high profile refusal notices south of the border, disclosures and, of course, any ensuing scandal which follows have been, perhaps, matters key to this all-too-common view. Are the overtures made to Scottish FOI otherwise justified? How the legislative differences play out on the ground is unknown: the consequences, if any, unheard. The Scottish provisions do, in actual fact, legislate for far stronger information rights for the applicant but there is, put plainly, a distinct paucity in any research which concerns comparative law and practice. The research offered a comparative study of the home nation FOI regimes; it afforded an investigation of the diverging trajectory in operational practicality. The analysis of the statutes was complemented by case law, qualitative inquiry, the application of FOI as a sui generis research method and a nod to contemporaneous events and official information which, in all the circumstances, looked to suggest that UK reverse-engineering is weakening the operational practicality of FOIA 2000 while FOISA 2002, to the contrary, maintains stronger information rights for the applicant in real-world practice.

PhD thesis will soon be available from the Andersonian Library, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.
Short titleA Comparative Study of the Home Nation Freedom of Information Regimes
Effective start/end date1/10/121/10/15


  • AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council): £7,896.00