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A Tale of Two States - Los Angeles Review of Books
"The Fall of Wisconsin:The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics By Dan Kaufman Published 07.10.2018 W. W. Norton & Company 336 Pages State of Resistance: What California’s Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Mean for America’s Future By Manuel Pastor Published 04.03.2018 The New Press 288 Pages"
books  review  political-science  state 
august 2018 by tsuomela
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
Could Climate Change Cause Another Holocaust? | The New Republic
Review of Black Earth: the Holocaust as history and warning by Timothy Snyder.
book  review  holocaust  climate  history  anarchy  politics  state  institutions 
september 2015 by tsuomela
The Information Counter-Revolution | Common Dreams
"In 2014, we’re experiencing a new age of “strategic data,” says Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, which earlier this month released its annual list of the top political risks worldwide. For Bremmer, strategic data involves seizing power over our online information. “It’s about states using data to engage in surveillance on their populations domestically and internationally.” It’s top-down, and it’s not only about official use of personal data to protect national security. Governments and corporations are mining our data for more benign practices, too, like predicting traffic patterns or monitoring the spread of diseases."
data  information  big-data  state  government  privacy  spying  participation  protests 
january 2014 by tsuomela
Opinion: The Internet is a surveillance state -
"Welcome to an Internet without privacy, and we've ended up here with hardly a fight."
internet  culture  privacy  surveillance  state  business  values 
march 2013 by tsuomela
The Predator State | Mother Jones
Today, the signature of modern American capitalism is neither benign competition, nor class struggle, nor an inclusive middle-class utopia. Instead, predation has become the dominant feature—a system wherein the rich have come to feast on decaying systems built for the middle class. The predatory class is not the whole of the wealthy
economics  politics  public-interest  public  government  failure  predator-or-prey  state 
january 2012 by tsuomela
From underwear to aircraft noise: logging 70 years of social change
The summer of 2011 marks the seventieth anniversary of the very first Government Social Survey.

In celebration, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) pays tribute to the thousands of interviewers who have asked the public questions on everything from underwear to aircraft noise. We have delved into the archives and picked surveys from 1941, 1951, etc to mark each decade.
country(GreatBritain)  state  survey  government  statistics  polling  social 
january 2012 by tsuomela
BBC News - Why state surveys asked about bras and haddock
From bra ownership to television interference, the government has wanted to know some strange stuff about people in the UK. Now a history of social surveys reveals why.
surveys  history  country(GreatBritain)  statistics  state  government  polls  tracking  social 
january 2012 by tsuomela
Open State Project: freeing state legislative information
"We're gathering legislative data directly from the states and making it available in a common format through a RESTful API and regular bulk downloads. "
open-access  open-government  data  collecting  state  government 
october 2011 by tsuomela
Home Economics and the Nation Against the State | Savage Minds
"What does it mean that people are inclined to think of the federal budget in the subjunctive, as if it were like the budget of a typical household? What “work” does it do for the people who espouse it?"
economics  metaphor  politics  state  family  nation  anthropology  culture  common-sense 
august 2011 by tsuomela
Ugo Mattei on the Commons, Market and State | David Bollier
"The real problem is that the State and Market are locked in a symbiotic alliance to the detriment of the commons. This unholy alliance so tenacious because it is embedded in our very phenomenological understanding of life, writes Mattei. We perceive the world as a mechanistic system in which subject and object are separate and distinct, and we supposedly have individual autonomy to do what we wish to act upon the world. As subjects, we tend to pracel out and commodify the world into units that are isolated from the larger whole
commons  state  market  politics  economics  ideology  reductionism  phenomenology  perception  markets 
july 2011 by tsuomela
The State of Statelessness - Henry Farrell - The American Interest Magazine
Under Three Flags: Anarchism and the Anti-Colonial Imagination
by Benedict Anderson
Verso, 2006, 255 pp., $25

The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia
by James C. Scott
Yale University Press, 2009, 464 pp., $35
book  review  anarchism  power  state 
december 2010 by tsuomela
The Gods That Underachieved « Easily Distracted
What I’m left with in some cases is a kind of queasy mix of postmodernism and pragmatism: that all instruments are limited and all solutions are partial. That what we really need is a political and social language for describing better outcomes, incremental improvements, and probable solutions for the significant majority of what we expect both from our governments and we expect from ourselves as social actors. I’m not saying that utopian expectations or radical demands for reform or dramatic mobilizations for action need to disappear entirely from the picture, but that we need a way to sharply delineate the circumstances under which that way of thinking is helpful. Right now, we all have a tendency to fall back on the assumption that technocracy can do anything (even that it can instrumentally prevent good solutions from being implemented) and that expertise is the product of a positivist science marching inevitably towards perfected knowledge of everything.
politics  technocracy  state  government  science  pragmatism  instrumental  incremental 
july 2010 by tsuomela
American Association for State and Local History
AASLH began in 1904, under the wing of the American Historical Association. Then called the Conference of State and Local Historical Societies, AASLH broke out on its own in December of 1940 to become the American Association for State and Local History
history  professional-association  associations  state  local  regional  museum  organizations 
may 2010 by tsuomela
Topical news source from all 50 states.
state  government  news  reference  politics  journalism 
april 2010 by tsuomela
Health Beat: Massachusetts’ Problem and Maryland’s Solution We Don’t Have to Wait for Washington Part 2
In 1977, Maryland decided that, rather than leaving prices to the vagaries of a marketplace where insurers and hospitals negotiate behind closed doors, it would delegate the task of setting reimbursement rates for acute-care hospitals to an independent agency, the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission.
health-care  reform  state-government  state  cost  price 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Follow The Money | National Institute on Money in State Politics
Investigate Money in State Politics Money in state politics plays a pivotal role in shaping public policy in individual states and across the nation. We track political donations in all 50 states.
state  politics  money  fundraising  elections  government  finance 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Judicial Selection in the States
Detailed information on judicial selection processes in all 50 states and reports on the history of judicial selection and reform efforts.
law  judicial  elections  government  state  state-government 
february 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
FiveThirtyEight: Politics Done Right: The Real Problem with The Senate's Small-State Bias
What this means is that senators from small states tend to be relatively more dependant on special-interest money -- it makes up a larger share of their overall take. Senators from the ten smallest states have received, on average, 28.4 percent of their campaign funds from corporate PACs, versus 13.7 for those in the ten largest.
political-science  politics  fundraising  money  pacs  state  size 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Theatricality « Easily Distracted
Ashforth extended this argument in an article by observing that torture is frequently a very similar phenomenon, that it has rarely been about obtaining actual information which the state requires, whether that’s about ticking time bombs or the names of dissidents. Instead, he argued, modern states torture in order to prove that they can torture, as a performance of power over the bodies and lives of people within their territorial sovereignty. For this to work, torture both has to be secret (which amplifies its drama) and yet also a spectacle hazily retold and represented within popular discourse.
torture  secrecy  power  politics  state 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Session Weekly - Minnesota House of Representatives
Session Weekly is a nonpartisan publication of Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services.
minnesota  state  state-government  politics  news  news-sources 
january 2009 by tsuomela
TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | Five Aspects of the Conservative State
What we don't have, and what I set out to supply in The Wrecking Crew, is a corruption theory about the conservative state. That it is corrupt is obvious
politics  conservatism  corruption  power  money  government  state 
october 2008 by tsuomela

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