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Change of State | The MIT Press
"As the informational state replaces the bureaucratic welfare state, control over information creation, processing, flows, and use has become the most effective form of power. In Change of State Sandra Braman examines the theoretical and practical ramifications of this "change of state." She looks at the ways in which governments are deliberate, explicit, and consistent in their use of information policy to exercise power, exploring not only such familiar topics as intellectual property rights and privacy but also areas in which policy is highly effective but little understood. Such lesser-known issues include hybrid citizenship, the use of "functionally equivalent borders" internally to allow exceptions to U.S. law, research funding, census methods, and network interconnection. Trends in information policy, argues Braman, both manifest and trigger change in the nature of governance itself.After laying the theoretical, conceptual, and historical foundations for understanding the informational state, Braman examines 20 information policy principles found in the U.S Constitution. She then explores the effects of U.S. information policy on the identity, structure, borders, and change processes of the state itself and on the individuals, communities, and organizations that make up the state. Looking across the breadth of the legal system, she presents current law as well as trends in and consequences of several information policy issues in each category affected. Change of State introduces information policy on two levels, coupling discussions of specific contemporary problems with more abstract analysis drawing on social theory and empirical research as well as law. Most important, the book provides a way of understanding how information policy brings about the fundamental social changes that come with the transformation to the informational state."
book  publisher  information  policy  governance  government  law  social  state 
september 2015 by tsuomela
Sociocracy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Sociocracy is a system of governance, using consent-based decision making among equivalent individuals and an organizational structure based on cybernetic principles.[1] The first modern implementation of sociocracy was developed by Gerard Endenburg as a new method of governing businesses,[2] but it has also been adopted in many different kinds of public, private, non-profit, and community organizations as well as in professional associations."
governance  democracy  decision-making  groups  consent 
january 2015 by tsuomela
"President Obama is leading. He is protecting the very rules that are the foundation of any healthy democracy. He is leading by not giving in to this blackmail, because if he did he would undermine the principle of majority rule that is the bedrock of our democracy. That system guarantees the minority the right to be heard and to run for office and become the majority, but it also ensures that once voters have spoken, and their representatives have voted — and, if legally challenged, the Supreme Court has also ruled in their favor — the majority decision holds sway. A minority of a minority, which has lost every democratic means to secure its agenda, has no right to now threaten to tank our economy if its demands are not met"
politics  political-science  governance  secession  civil-war  tea-party  democracy  republicans  shutdown 
october 2013 by tsuomela
Back Door Secession by Garry Wills | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books
"The presiding spirit of this neo-secessionism is a resistance to majority rule. We see this in the Senate, where a Democratic majority is resisted at every turn by automatic recourses to the filibuster. We see it in the attempt to repeal the seventeenth amendment, which allows a majority of voters to choose a state's senators. The repealers want that choice to go back to the state legislatures, where they rule thanks to anti-majority gerrymandering."
politics  political-science  governance  secession  civil-war  tea-party  democracy  republicans  shutdown 
october 2013 by tsuomela
The Policy and Internet Blog | Understanding public policy online
"This blog investigates the relationship between the Internet and public policy. It covers work by the Oxford Internet Institute, and work published in its journal Policy & Internet (Wiley-Blackwell)."
weblog-group  policy  internet  governance 
july 2013 by tsuomela
ITU Phobia: Why WCIT was derailed | IGP Blog
"We now know more about what led to the impasse at the WCIT, and the scope of the fissure that it created. It is clear that nations will split 2 to 1 in favor of signing the ITR treaty. The majority of the signatories are the developing countries in Africa, Asia (including China), the Middle East, Latin America, and of course Russia. The refuseniks are primarily developed, western economies; they are concentrated in North America, Europe and Japan, although they were joined by India and some other developing countries. Though smaller in number, refuseniks account for probably two-thirds of the telecommunications and Internet economy. Politically, this is a troublesome bifurcation, although its implications for internet governance may not be all that bad."
internet  governance  international  treaties  telecommunications  standards 
december 2012 by tsuomela
The Struggle to Govern the Commons
"Human institutions—ways of organizing activities—affect the resilience of the environment. Locally evolved institutional arrangements governed by stable communities and buffered from outside forces have sustained resources successfully for centuries, although they often fail when rapid change occurs. Ideal conditions for governance are increasingly rare. Critical problems, such as transboundary pollution, tropical deforestation, and climate change, are at larger scales and involve nonlocal influences. Promising strategies for addressing these problems include dialogue among interested parties, officials, and scientists
commons  environment  governance 
september 2012 by tsuomela
Commons Law Project
"If Planet Earth is to survive in the coming decades as we know it, we must find new ways to protect our planet from the unsustainable growth imperatives of neoliberal economics and politics. This will require a new architecture of “green governance”―laws, public policies, and social practices that can honor human rights and commons-based management of natural resources large and small"
commons  law  environment  governance 
may 2012 by tsuomela
Ecology and Society:  Scale and Governance
Special issue of journal Ecology and Society, v. 16.2 2011
scale  governance  ecology 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Douglas Rushkoff » Just Another CyberWar
No, the real lesson of the WikiLeaks affair and subsequent cyberattacks is not how unwieldy the net has become, but rather how its current architecture renders it so susceptible to control from above.
It was in one of the leaked cables that China’s State Council Information office delivered its confident assessment that thanks to “increased controls and surveillance, like real-name registration … The Web is fundamentally controllable.”
wikileaks  internet  neutrality  netneutrality  power  economics  governance  government 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Obsidian Wings: The culture of conspiracy, the conspiracy of culture
In other words, Assange (and I presume Wikileaks as a whole) are publishing bulk-leaked documents because:
Authoritarian organizations (including most present-day national governments and large corporations) are naturally unjust, secretive, and conspiratorial.
The networks of information and influence inside such organizations are less stable to leaking than the corresponding networks inside open, just, and non-authoritarian organizations. They will either become hardened and (even more) inefficient, or they will become more open, less authoritarian, and more just. Either result is a win.
wikileaks  politics  secrecy  data  governance  government  foreign-policy  authoritarian 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Confessions of a Community College Dean: Business or Town?
Business or Town?
Tenured Radical’s thoughtful post on elite presidential salaries got me thinking about the “run the college like a business” canard.

Most of the people who use that phrase, whether approvingly or damningly, haven’t personally worked in a college that was actually a business. I have -- you’ve heard of it -- and I can report confidently that it’s the wrong metaphor for the community colleges I know.

Having been in all three settings, I’m convinced that community college administration is much closer to town or municipal government than it is to for-profit business.
academia  business  governance  metaphor  money  budget 
november 2010 by tsuomela
SSB: Space Studies Board
The Space Studies Board provides an independent, authoritative forum for information and advice on all aspects of space science and applications.
science  space  astronomy  astrophysics  physics  governance  funding  priorities 
august 2010 by tsuomela
Open Left:: A friendly 4th of July reminder about why conservatives hate America
One of the great accomplishments of America is that it showed the possibility of good government at more than local scale, which in turn helped to show that some misfortunes taken to be beyond human reach are in fact avoidable. This, in turn, was directly a product of the development of modern liberalism, which provided both a philosophical foundation and an institutional architecture for the blending of classical and Renaissance republicanism with a new conceptual framework of individual rights, checks and balances and democratic self-governance. Once the possibility of good governance was proven possible, the doors were open to explore different ways of achieving it.
america  government  governance  liberal  liberalism  history  hope  politics 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Brains on Drugs - Steven Teles
Daniel Carpenter’s remarkable, exhaustive, and frankly (at more than 850 pages) exhausting historical study, Reputation and Power: Organizational Image and Pharmaceutical Regulation at the FDA. It is, without question, the best study of a federal agency since Martha Derthick’s Policymaking for Social Security, and, like Derthick, Carpenter reminds us that bureaucrats are not mere functionaries and timeservers. They have the capacity, under certain conditions, to be powerful agents of political, economic, and social change.
book  review  bureaucracy  federal  government  regulation  consumer-protection  governance  politics  safety  sociology  drugs  fda  medicine  history 
june 2010 by tsuomela
GOVERNING connects America's leaders by providing intelligence and analysis on management, policy and politics to help guide and inspire innovative leaders across state and local government.
politics  economics  media  government  magazine  state  local  management  leadership  governance  political-science 
february 2010 by tsuomela
UNESCAP | What is Good Governance?
Good governance has 8 major characteristics. It is participatory, consensus oriented, accountable, transparent, responsive, effective and efficient, equitable and inclusive and follows the rule of law.
politics  government  management  development  governance  united-nations  urbanism 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Transparency International
Transparency International, the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption, brings people together in a powerful worldwide coalition to end the devastating impact of corruption on men, women and children around the world.
TI’s mission is to create change towards a world free of corruption.

Transparency International challenges the inevitability of corruption, and offers hope to its victims. Since its founding in 1993, TI has played a lead role in improving the lives of millions around the world by building momentum for the anti-corruption movement. TI raises awareness and diminishes apathy and tolerance of corruption, and devises and implements practical actions to address it.
politics  government  community  ethics  activism  transparency  corruption  governance  democracy  policy  law  international  development  economics  world  society  global 
february 2010 by tsuomela
People, Spaces, Deliberation | Exploring the interactions among public opinion, governance, and the public sphere
Published by -- "The Communication for Governance and Accountability Program (CommGAP) is based on two core premises: that a democratic public sphere is essential to securing and sustaining good governance and accountability, and that communication approaches and techniques are fundamental to the effectiveness of efforts to improve governance and direct accountability."
weblog-group  weblog-government  politics  culture  finance  governance  corruption  deliberation  international  world-bank  development 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Overcoming Bias : Coordination Is Hard
The key thing to understand is: governance is hard, especially in a democracy.  Fundamentally, this is because coordination is hard.
governance  government  coordination  policy  politics  democracy 
february 2010 by tsuomela
My Model City | The American Prospect
First among them was a long-established classic of political science that still describes the city well: Who Governs? by Yale's Robert A. Dahl, based on a close study of the city in the late 1950s.
Dahl used New Haven to answer a question he traced back to Aristotle: "In a political system where nearly every adult may vote, but where wealth, knowledge ... and other resources are unequally distributed, who really governs?"
political-science  governance  power  economics  people  democracy  history  city(NewHaven) 
october 2009 by tsuomela » How Shall We Govern the (Online) Commons?
David Bollier outlines some possible online governing strategies for the commons.
commons  speech  law  legal  online  governance 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Interfluidity :: Rethinking subsidized finance
Banking-as-we-know-it is just a form of publicly subsidized private capital formation. I have no problem with subsidizing private capital formation, even with ceding much of the upside to entrepreneurial investors while taxpayers absorb much of the downside when things go wrong. But once we acknowledge the very large public subsidy in banking, it becomes possible to acknowledge other, perhaps less disaster-prone arrangements by which a nation might encourage private capital formation at lower social and financial cost.
banking  public-interest  governance  politics  society  capital  money  distribution 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Do Tank and the Democracy Design Workshop
The goal of the Virtual Company Project is to build online tools to help groups create and implement governance rules necessary for successful collaboration.
online  organizations  forms  business  law  resources  democracy  governance  peer-production  co-creation  co-science 
december 2008 by tsuomela
After the Market Mania | The American Prospect
The Private Abuse of the Public Interest: Market Myths and Policy Muddles by Lawrence D. Brown and Lawrence R. Jacobs. University of Chicago Press, 151 pages, $15.00

The Case for Big Government, by Jeff Madrick. Princeton University Press, 205 pages, $22.95
government  book  review  governance  economics  public-goods  public-sphere  markets 
december 2008 by tsuomela
Wikipedia:Neutral point of view - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The neutral point of viewThe neutral point of view is a means of dealing with conflicting views. The policy requires that, where there are or have been conflicting views, these should be presented fairly. None of the views should be givenundue weightor
wiki  wikipedia  accuracy  governance  policies  intelligence  collective 
november 2006 by tsuomela
Wikipedia:Verifiability - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The policy:Articles should contain only material that has been published by reliable sources.Editors adding new material to an article should cite a reliable source, or it may be challenged or removed by any editor.The obligation to provide a reliable s
wiki  wikipedia  collective  intelligence  accuracy  governance  policies 
november 2006 by tsuomela
Wikipedia:Five pillars - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It means citingverifiable, authoritativesourceswhenever possible, especially oncontroversial topics.
wiki  wikipedia  policies  collective  intelligence  governance 
november 2006 by tsuomela

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