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Change of State


Information, Policy, and Power

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.
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Braman, Sandra
Sandra Braman is Professor in the Department of Communication, University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is the editor of Communication Researchers and
Policy-Making (MIT Press, 2003).


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