This is stimulating work and, although the focus is upon US information policy and most of the examples are drawn from the USA, the conclusions and the lessons to be learnt are valid universally.—Professor T.D. Wilson, Editor-in-Chief, Information Research—
This book is an excellent and up-to-date review of information policies and related social issues in the United States from the standpoint of legal theory. It would be a good choice for a textbook or for ancillary reading for classes relevant to sociolegal issues and social change… A pleasure to read, it is valuable after reading as a reference work…. in this important and growing area of scholarship…. virtues include lucid writing on the basis of great erudition, coverage of many different issues within a fairly unified perspective, and the courage to offer at least as many questions as answers…. The author has [created] a vast but accessible source of ideas and information on an important sociotechnical topic, and she deserves the profound thanks of anyone who has the good judgment to read her book.
—William Sims Bainbridge
, Social Science Computer Review
an important and very well-documented book, a true reference manual or research tool… Although the book’s contents are strictly contextualized in [the US], the conceptual framework and the type of approach it offers may be of great value for those who want to study the information mechanisms of other states and societies which already have a high level of information technology available, as is the case of Brazil.
, RECIIS: Electronic Journal of Communication, Information & Innovation in Health
Change of State is a deeply thought, deeply felt… account of information policy that takes the subject much more seriously than do many practitioners in the field…. In developing her argument, the author covers a tremendous amount of interdisciplinary ground. The bibliographic essays that accompany the text and the standard bibliography at the end are richly informative all by themselves.
, Secrecy News
Braman’s organization and thorough treatment of each topic informs those new to the field of information policy, serving as a well-laid foundation from which to enter into any one of the discussions. Despite its comprehensive and exhaustive nature, and perhaps to some extent due to its precision, the text is accessible to graduate students just beginning their research into the field. At the same time, its almost encyclopedic wealth of information, sculpted and organized with Braman’s insights and analyses, earns Change of State a place on the shelf of every serious scholar, researcher, and policy maker as a most welcome and essential resource.
—Heather M. Crandall
, The Review of Communication
Braman’s analysis is unusual in going beyond legal implications of information policy to put the analysis in the broadest possible context of social theory…. the connections Braman makes are logical and enrich understanding of the nature and implications of the decisions governments make about information.
, Government Information Quarterly
This is stimulating work and, although the focus is upon US information policy and most of the examples are drawn from the USA, the conclusions and the lessons to be learnt are valid universally.
—T. D. Wilson
, Information Research
This book… [exposes] the reader to new perspectives and methods for thinking about information policy.
, The Library Quarterly
Sandra Braman… has given the academic community the rarest of gifts: a timely analysis that is thorough, well-reasoned, and provocative…. Scholars of media law, international and development communication, political communication, communication theory, social influence, and communication technology would do well to take full advantage of the wealth of insight Braman offers.
—Robert G. Magee
, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
… this model could easily be a platform for subsequent studies by students and researchers, and facilitate dialogue between academics and policymakers engaged in this field…. Change of State certainly has something to offer, for the sheer volume of issues confronted, for the model of information policy analysis proposed, and as a trigger for further consideration of the problems Braman raises.
, Information Polity
If even only some of the problems of the informational state, as portrayed by Braman, come to pass then there is much to be garnered from [the US] case…. this book has the ability to provoke the reader into thinking more deeply about the issues it raises and, in that respect alone, it is a volume well worth reading.
, Telecommunications Policy
Valuable insight into the way the U.S. state (particularly under the administration of George W. Bush) has developed its information policies
, Global Media and Communication
This is an impressive and thoughtful volume with plenty of new notions.
, Communication Booknotes Quarterly