Rhetoric versus reality: A reexamination of access to U.S. government information during the presidency of Ronald Reagan

Gregory A. Crawford, Lisa R. Stimatz

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Abstract

This article examines information policies implemented during the administration of President Ronald Reagan. Of special interest is an analysis of OMB Circular A-130 and the assumptions that underlay its mandates. In addition, a rhetorical analysis of articles from the period is undertaken to examine the assumptions authors used in their defense of or arguments against U.S. federal information policy of the time. Finally, an analysis of the budget of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), the number of items distributed to depository libraries, and the sales of the Government Printing Office (GPO) is made to determine changes as a result of the implemented policies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-27
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Government Information
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science

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