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Traversing Digital BabelInformation, E-Government, and Exchange$
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Alon Peled

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027878

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027878.001.0001

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Coerce, Consent, and Coax

Coerce, Consent, and Coax

Existing Information Sharing Approaches

(p.39) 2 Coerce, Consent, and Coax
Traversing Digital Babel

Alon Peled

The MIT Press

The chapter examines the three key approaches to improve public sector information sharing that dominate both literature and legislation: coerce, consent, and coax. A case study of the coerce-approach Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) program shows this approach’s limitations. Three coax-approach case studies illustrate this approach’s strengths and shortcomings (a consent-approach case study is examined in chapter 3). It is concluded that, whilst each approach has advantages, not one of the approaches has satisfactorily dealt with the problem of public sector information sharing failures. A novel approach is introduced that proposes the use of selective incentives to nudge agencies to exchange information.

Keywords:   information sharing, public sector, government agencies, data, knowledge, information exchange, selective incentives, HSIN, DHS, PM-ISE

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