Empowering the Collaborative Citizen in the Administrative State: A Case Study of the Federal Communications Commission

25 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2011  

Peter M. Shane

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law

Date Written: February 10, 2011

Abstract

Among the rhetorical themes of the Obama Presidency, none has been more prominent than the call for open, participatory, and collaborative government. The Federal Communication, although not formally bound by the Administration's "Open Government Directive," pledged "to comply voluntarily with its terms and, when possible, to exceed its targets." This article provides a case study of the FCC's first seven months under Chairman Julius Genachowski, chronicling the issues facing "an agency in the early throes of institutionalizing open, participatory, and collaborative government." After reviewing the agency's challenges and initiatives in communicating its message, sharing records and data, and facilitating public input, the article briefly speculates on the political conditions necessary to sustain efforts of this intensity.

Keywords: FCC, Federal Communicatons Commission, Transparency, Cyberdemocracy, e-Democracy, Digital Democracy, Data, Administrative Law, Reform, Open Records, FOIA, Freedom of Information, Collaborative Governance

Suggested Citation

Shane, Peter M., Empowering the Collaborative Citizen in the Administrative State: A Case Study of the Federal Communications Commission (February 10, 2011). Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 144. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1759439 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1759439

Peter M. Shane (Contact Author)

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law ( email )

55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
United States

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