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Dr Ben Worthy

Lecturer in Politics

I joined Birkbeck College in 2012. My research interests include Government Transparency, Open Data, Political leadership, British Politics, Digital Democracy and Public Policy and Policy-making. I  have written articles for Governance, Parliamentary Affairs and Public Administration as well as a number of reports and presented evidence to the Justice and Public Administration Select Committees.See my research blogs on Open Data here and on Political Leadership here. You can see a selection of articles and papers on ssrn.com. Follow me on Twitter @benworthy1.

Publications

Articles

  • t’Hart, Paul, Worthy, Ben , Bennister, Mark ‘The Dynamics of Political Leadership: Exploring the Leadership Capital Index’ (under review)
  • Worthy, Ben (2013) David Cameron's Transparency Revolution? The Impact of Open Data in the UK. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2361428
  • Worthy, B. (2013). “Some are More Open than Others”: Comparing the Impact of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on Local and Central Government in the UK. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, 15(5), 395-414.
  • Worthy, Ben (2012) 'A Powerful Weapon in the Right Hands? How Members of Parliament have used Freedom of Information in the UK' Parliamentary Affairs (First published online: December 21, 2012)
  • Worthy, Ben, Hazell, Robert and Bourke, Gabrielle (2012) ‘Open House: Freedom of Information and its Impact on the UK Parliament’. Public Administration 90 (4), 901–921
  • Worthy, Ben (2010) ‘More Open But Not More Trusted? The Effect of FOI on the UK Central Government’. Governance 23 (4) 561-582
  • Hazell, Robert and Worthy, Ben (2010) ‘Assessing the Performance of FOI’. Government Information Quarterly 27 (4) 352-359 see here
  • Worthy, Ben (2008) ‘The Future of Freedom of Information in the UK’. Political Quarterly 79 (1) 100-108

Monograph

  • Hazell, Robert, Worthy, Ben and Glover, Mark (2010) Does FOI Work? The Impact of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on British Central Government. London: Palgrave Macmillan –for summary of the findings see here

Chapters

  • Worthy, Ben ‘Freedom of Information and the MPs’ Expenses Scandal’ in Hudson, J (forthcoming) At the Public’s Expense? The Political Consequences of the 2009 British MPs’ Expenses Scandal OUP
  • Worthy, Ben ‘Freedom of Information and Parliament’ in Oliver, D (forthcoming) Parliament and the Law Hart Press
  • Hazell, Robert and Worthy, Ben, ‘La Transparence administrative est-elle efficace?’ in Pasquier, M. (2013) Le principe de transparence en Suisse et dans la monde PPUR, pp95-110
  • Worthy, Ben and Holsen, Sarah, ‘Local Government and FOI in England 2005-2007’ in Chapman, R. and Hunt, M. (2010) Freedom of Information: Local Government and Accountability Ashgate: Farnham, pp 27-43

Conference Papers

  • Michener, Greg and Worthy, Ben, (2013) From Fishing to Experimentation: Transparency as Information-Gathering: A Typology and Framework for Analysis. Available here.
  • Worthy, Ben (2013) David Cameron's Transparency Revolution? The Impact of Open Data in the UK. Available here.
  • Worthy, Ben and Grimmelikhuijsen, Stephan (2012). ‘Transparency and Trust in the UK and Netherlands’. Paper in preparation for Regional Transparency Conference June 2012
  • Worthy, Ben and Bennister, Mark (2012). ‘Getting it, Spending it, Losing it: Exploring Political Capital’. Paper for the Political Studies Association Conference April 2012, Belfast available here
  • Worthy, Ben and Bourke, Gabrielle (2011) ‘Open House? The Impact of FOI’ Paper for the Political Studies Association Conference London, April 2011 available here

Reports and Evidence

  • Worthy, Ben (2013) ‘Evidence to PASC on the Impact of Open Data’Worthy, Ben (2013) ‘Evidence to PASC on the Impact of Open Data’ available here
  • Worthy, Ben, Hazell, Robert, Amos, Jim and Bourke, Gabrielle (2012) ‘Written evidence from the Constitution Unit, University College London on the Impact of FOI’ see here
  • Worthy, Ben, Hazell, Robert, Amos, Jim and Bourke, Gabrielle (2011) ‘Town Hall Transparency? The Impact of FOI on Local Government in England’. Constitution Unit: London available here
  • Worthy, Ben and Bourke, Gabrielle (2011) ‘The Sword and the Shield: The Use of FOI by Parliamentarians and the Impact of FOI on Parliament’. Constitution Unit: London available here

Teaching

  • Parliamentary Studies
  • Contemporary British Politics (undergraduate)
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
  • Public Policy
  • Democracy and Authoritarianism

Presentations, Blogs and Talks

Blogs

  • Read my recent posts on the Politics Department blog here.
  • See my research blogs on Open Data here and on Political Leadership here.
  • My columns from the Local Government Chronicle available here

Talks and Lectures

  • You can hear my talk at the Open Data Institute in 2013 on the Impact of Open Data here
  • My podcast on FOI in the UK and elsewhere in 2011 see here
  • Video: giving evidence to the Justice Select Committee in March 2012 here
  • Presentation: Video of a presentation comparing Finnish and UK transparency at the Finnish Institute in May 2013 see here

Ben Worthy

Contact details

Email: b.worthy@bbk.ac.uk

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