Democracy in the Information Age / Edition 1

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Advances in information technology are constantly transforming democratic governance. Power over information has become decentralized, fostering new types of community as well as different roles for government. This fascinating volume explores the many ways in which today's information revolution is changing our institutions of governance. The contributors illuminate many of the promises -- and the daunting challenges -- of democratic government in a rapidly changing world of networks, information, and enhanced communication. was developed by the Visions of Governance in the 21st Century project at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
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Ten essays, presented by Kamarck (public policy, Harvard U.'s John F. Kennedy School of Government) and Nye (dean, John F. Kennedy School of Government), explore issues of how information technology is affecting American institutions of governance. Articles explore the use of the Internet as a tool for political activism and discuss whether it is expanding the pool of activists. The growth of information-based bureaucracy is examined and its effects on traditional bureaucracy is assessed. Also explored is the use of information technology by political candidates. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815702177
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press and Visions of Governance for the 21st Century
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Information Technology and Democratic Governance 1
2 Failure in the Cybermarketplace of Ideas 17
3 James Madison on Cyberdemocracy 32
4 The Impact of the Internet on Civic Life: An Early Assessment 40
5 Revolution, What Revolution? The Internet and U.S. Elections, 1992-2000 59
6 Political Campaigning on the Internet: Business as Usual? 81
7 Catching Voters in the Web 104
8 Toward a Theory of Federal Bureaucracy for the Twenty-First Century 117
9 Information Age Governance: Just the Start of Something Big? 141
10 Power and Interdependence in the Information Age 161
Contributors 179
Index 181
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