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Johnson Presents Litigation, Agency Politicization Research


Gbemende Johnson
Gbemende Johnson

Associate Professor of Government Gbemende Johnson recently presented research titled “The Right to Know: The Political and Legal Components of Government Transparency” at the annual Midwest Political Science Association Meeting in Chicago.

Co-authored with Tracey George of Vanderbilt University Law School, the research was funded by the National Science Foundation. It examines Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation and how factors such as politicization and the presence of political appointees within federal agencies, affects government transparency. Johnson and George discussed FOIA litigation trends over time and predictors of litigation outcomes.

This research builds from Johnson’s previous research on executive privilege litigation in federal courts, and her recent research on the influence of politicization on initial FOIA disposition outcomes.

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