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Accelerating Democracy by John O. McGinnis

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CHAPTER THREE

Experimenting with Democracy

TECHNOLOGICAL ACCELERATION increases the capacity to measure the consequences of government action. The resulting social knowledge of which policies work can improve government performance and decrease social disagreement. Government itself can be a catalyst for increased social knowledge if government transforms itself into a better instrument for social learning by adopting rules that will better examine which government programs are successful. These include rules encouraging policy experimentation through decentralization and randomization, providing incentives for improved research practices, and making government data more transparent and accessible. The information age permits us to foster a more ...

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