‘Political Aspects of Public Information Law Access in New Zealand and Poland: A Comparative Analysis’

A Political Science and International Relations Programme research seminar.

‘Political Aspects of Public Information Law Access in New Zealand and Poland: A Comparative Analysis’

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19 September 2018 from 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm 19th Sep 2018 1:00pm 19th Sep 2018 2:00pm

Murphy (MY) 617

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Speaker: Dr Marcin Wałdoch, University of Kazimierz Wielki Bydgoszcz, Poland


New Zealand adopted the Official Information Act in 1980 (1982) and Poland adopted the Act on Access to Public Information in 2001. In this talk I analyze the differences and the similarities of political aspects of public information law access in the two countries, as they have completely different history and culture. Poland is a mon-ethnic state while New Zealand society is more like a boiling pot of cultures and ethnicities. Hence, political systems are different and may result in different approaches to public information access from various groups, organizations, individuals. In this talk I will look in the diverging conceptions of the “the right to know”. How is this right used by citizens, journalists, politicians in the two countries? What does it mean to have “the right to know” in New Zealand and Poland? What implications does it have for politics? Why do people care about “the right to know”?

Speaker's bio:

Dr Marcin Wałdoch is a political scientist. He is an adjunct assistant professor at the Institute of Political Science, University of Kazimierz Wielki in Bydgoszcz/Poland. Educated both at the University of Kazimierz Wielki and at the University of Gdańsk in Poland, he is an author of 2 books –About the carnival of Chojnice „Solidarity”: Development and the new social movement role in local conditions (1980-1981) and Chojnice’s June ’89. The local study of the shockwave process of democratization. Marcin is also a co-author of  a book Chojnice 1939 and the translator to Polish of Walter Smith's book titled The Butcher’s Tale: murder and anti-semitism in a German town (The best book in 2002 according to “Los Angeles Times”).

Some of Marcin's works are available for download at academia.edu

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