- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Princeton University Press; 1 edition (December 30, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0691151024
- ISBN-13: 978-0691151021
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,242,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[McGinnis] shines an important light on a discussion that will only grow more lively as technology creates at once more opportunities and more challenges for government."--Foreign Affairs
"You can support or dismiss his proposals, but you cannot deny that the author makes a major effort to bring forth ingenious measures to really 'accelerate democracy'. Thus, this provocative book is worth reading for everybody interested in improving policymaking, or all those willing to explore new ways to help citizens through a more efficient use of technology."--Ana Polo Alonso, LSE Review of Books
"[T]he book is valuable for the stance it takes on the very pressing question of how democracies should adapt to the information revolution. The take-home message for young democracies, no doubt appealing also to many readers of this journal, is that the social sciences deserve as much support as the natural sciences. The more accurately the outcomes of government policies can be predicted, the better the information revolution can be harnessed, and the fewer public funds will be wasted on unrealistic policies. If McGinnis is right, then the heyday of the social sciences lies right before us."--Christian Gobel, Democratization
"The book is a valuable reference for any student of the gradually intertwining fields of democracy and technology since it is a well-written analysis arguing that democratic government is in need of evolution due to rapid technological changes. . . . Its engaging and enquiring style provokes thought on the future of a number of domains, including technology and political regimes."--Nelli Bahayan, Political Studies Review
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"This is an outstanding book with a timely argument. McGinnis makes the important point that information is accelerating and democratic governance needs to evolve in response to rapid changes in information technology and other scientific fields. The breadth of his analysis and the keen insights he provides at many levels of the problem are impressive."--Darrell M. West, author of Digital Government: Technology and Public Sector Performance
"McGinnis discusses the challenges and opportunities for governance created by the rapid advance of technology, and analyzes these issues in a manner that is new and distinct. Accelerating Democracy tackles an important subject that has not been properly addressed in the literature to date."--Glenn H. Reynolds, University of Tennessee
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I would recommend this book to the academic student of government or law, or to the practical student of statistics or data science. As McGinnis shows, there is an incredible amount of potential in a wide range of disciplines. In terms of effective and positive governance, we have a lot to look forward to.
What is missing is in the book is how advances in technology makes it easier for government to control people. I would think that if the book had been written a year later, the NSA collection of everything from the numbers people call, how long they talk, and where they call from. Or the scanning of emails and telephone calls for key words. It seems that there is technology race between advances that increase democracy and those changes that make it easier for the government to control people.