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- DescriptionSuccessful democracies throughout history--from ancient Athens to Britain on the cusp of the industrial age--have used the techlogy of their time to gather information for better governance. Our challenge is different today, but it is more urgent because the accelerating pace of techlogical change creates potentially ermous dangers as well as benefits. Accelerating Democracy shows how to adapt democracy to new information techlogies that can enhance political decision making and enable us to navigate the social rapids ahead. John O. McGinnis demonstrates how these new techlogies combine to address a problem as old as democracy itself--how to help citizens better evaluate the consequences of their political choices. As society became more complex in the nineteenth century, social planning became a top-down enterprise delegated to experts and bureaucrats. Today, techlogy increasingly permits information to bubble up from below and filter through more dispersed and competitive sources. McGinnis explains how to use fast-evolving information techlogies to more effectively analyze past public policy, bring unprecedented intensity of scrutiny to current policy proposals, and more accurately predict the results of future policy. But he argues that we can do so only if government keeps pace with techlogical change. For instance, it must revive federalism to permit different jurisdictions to test different policies so that their results can be evaluated, and it must legalize information markets to permit people to bet on what the consequences of a policy will be even before that policy is implemented. Accelerating Democracy reveals how we can achieve a democracy that is informed by expertise and social-scientific kwledge while shedding the arrogance and insularity of a techcracy.
- Author BiographyJohn O. McGinnis is the George C. Dix Professor of Constitutional Law at Northwestern University.
- Author(s)John O. McGinnis
- PublisherPrinceton University Press
- Date of Publication17/07/2015
- SubjectGovernment & Constitution
- Place of PublicationNew Jersey
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPrinceton University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight342 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine13 mm
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