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Advances in information technology are transforming democratic governance. Power over information has become decentralized, fostering new types of community and different roles for government.

This volume —developed by the Visions of Governance in the 21st Century program at the Kennedy School of Government —explores the ways in which the information revolution is changing our institutions of governance. Contributors examine the impact of technology on our basic institutions and processes of governance, including representation, community, politics, bureaucracy, and sovereignty. Their essays illuminate many of the promises and challenges of twenty-first century government.

The contributors (all from Harvard unless otherwise indicated) include Joseph S. Nye Jr., Arthur Isak Applbaum, Dennis Thompson, William A. Galston (University of Maryland), L. Jean Camp, Pippa Norris, Anna Greenberg, Elaine Ciulla Kamarck, David C. King, Jane Fountain, Jerry Mechling, and Robert O. Keohane (Duke University).

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"' Democracy in the Information Age' is a selection of impressive scholarly essays focusing how leaps and bounds in modern technology and the Internet are directly affecting American governmental policy and performance.... '' offers an informed and informative look into the near future, and where the democratization of information is ultimately leading." —Thomas G. Whelan, Midwest Book Review

"One of the more robust contributions in the book is provided by William Galston's analysis of the impact of the internet on civic life." —Colin J. Bennett, University of Victoria, Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions

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)

Meet the Author

Elaine Ciulla Kamarck is director of the Visions of Governance for the 21st Century project and the Innovations in American Government program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. She served as senior policy advisor to former Vice President Al Gore, and was instrumental in creating the National Performance Review, a White House policy council to reinvent government. Joseph S. Nye Jr. is University Distinguished Service Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School and a former assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs and chair of the National Intelligence Council.

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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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