ISBN : 9780190246693
Our current legal system is to a great extent the product of an earlier period of social and economic transformation. From the late nineteenth century through the mid-twentieth century, as accountability for industrial-age harms became a pervasive source of conflict, the U.S. legal system underwent profound, tectonic shifts. Today, ownership of information-age resources and accountability for information-age harms have become pervasive sources of conflict, and different kinds of change are emerging.
In Between Truth and Power, Julie E. Cohen explores the relationships between legal institutions and political and economic transformation. Systematically examining struggles over the conditions of information flow and the design of information architectures and business models, she argues that as law is enlisted to help produce the profound economic and sociotechnical shifts that have accompanied the emergence of the informational economy, it is too is transforming in fundamental ways. Drawing on elements from legal theory, science and technology studies, information studies, communication studies and organization studies to develop a complex theory of institutional change, Cohen develops an account of the gradual emergence of legal institutions adapted to the information age and of the power relationships that such institutions reflect and reproduce.
A tour de force of ambitious interdisciplinary scholarship, Between Truth and Power will transform our thinking about the possible futures of law and legal institutions in the networked information era.
Part I. Patterns of Entitlement and Disentitlement
Chapter 1. Everything Old Is New Again-Or Is It?
Chapter 2. The Biopolitical Public Domain
Chapter 3. The Information Laboratory
Chapter 4. Open Networks and Closed Circuits
Part II: Patterns of Institutional Change
Chapter 5. The End(s) of Judicial Process
Chapter 6. The Regulatory State in the Information Age
Chapter 7. Networks, Standards, and Transnational Governance Institutions
Chapter 8. The Future(s) of Fundamental Rights