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Seek and Ye Shall Find: What Role Should Information Play in Governance?

Seek and Ye Shall Find: What Role Should Information Play in Governance? Baumgartner, F.R. & Jones, B.D. (2015). The Politics of Information: Problem Definition and the Course of Public Policy in America . Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978‐0‐226‐19812‐5 (231 pp., $27.50). This book begins with a simple premise: the more we look for problems, the more likely we are to find them. But what happens if we deliberately decide not to spend as much time and money on the search process? It's a dilemma that applies to so many domains of our lives. Atul Gawande, for example, recently published an article in the May 11, 2015 edition of The New Yorker entitled “America's Epidemic of Unnecessary Care,” in which he explores how this dilemma plays out in the medical world, arguing that in America we err on the side of collecting more information than is necessary to make careful medical decisions. The realm of focus for the well‐respected political scientists Baumgartner and Jones is American governance. Information is at the heart of politics, they argue, and how that information is gathered, processed, and controlled is integral to an understanding of how the political process works. Baumgartner and Jones set their analysis within the second half of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Analyses of Social Issues & Public Policy Wiley

Seek and Ye Shall Find: What Role Should Information Play in Governance?

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
© 2015 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
ISSN
1529-7489
eISSN
1530-2415
DOI
10.1111/asap.12075
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Abstract

Baumgartner, F.R. & Jones, B.D. (2015). The Politics of Information: Problem Definition and the Course of Public Policy in America . Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978‐0‐226‐19812‐5 (231 pp., $27.50). This book begins with a simple premise: the more we look for problems, the more likely we are to find them. But what happens if we deliberately decide not to spend as much time and money on the search process? It's a dilemma that applies to so many domains of our lives. Atul Gawande, for example, recently published an article in the May 11, 2015 edition of The New Yorker entitled “America's Epidemic of Unnecessary Care,” in which he explores how this dilemma plays out in the medical world, arguing that in America we err on the side of collecting more information than is necessary to make careful medical decisions. The realm of focus for the well‐respected political scientists Baumgartner and Jones is American governance. Information is at the heart of politics, they argue, and how that information is gathered, processed, and controlled is integral to an understanding of how the political process works. Baumgartner and Jones set their analysis within the second half of

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Analyses of Social Issues & Public PolicyWiley

Published: Dec 1, 2015

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