On making public policy with publicly available data: The case of U.S. communications policymaking

Napoli, Philip M.; Karaganis, Joe
October 2010
Government Information Quarterly;Oct2010, Vol. 27 Issue 4, p384
Academic Journal
A fundamental principle of public policymaking should be that public policy must be made with publicly available data. This article develops this position and applies it to an assessment of the current state of communications policymaking, a policy area in which controversies surrounding the transparency of policy research and the accessibility of policy-relevant data have been both common and extremely contentious in recent years. This article provides a detailed assessment of the challenges confronting greater transparency and accessibility of communications policy-relevant data, as well as a detailed set of proposals for improving the current situation, in an effort to build towards an environment in which public policy is made with publicly available data.


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