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Big data and public policy : course, content, and outcome
Moody R., Bekkers V., Palgrave Macmillan, New York, NY, 2023. 207 pp. Type: Book (3031160304)
Date Reviewed: May 25 2023

Big data and public policy: course, content, and outcome, by Rebecca Moody and Victor Bekkers, is an excellent book for those who are involved in policy-making processes and looking to learn how big data and public policy are strengthened together. The book is well structured and easy to follow, with plenty of case studies to help readers understand the concepts and put them into practice.

The book offers a thorough review of how big data affects the process, subjects, and results of policymaking. It states that the availability of massive and open data renders policymaking a more logical process by enabling decision-makers to anticipate, gauge, and assess societal issues. It also looks at the difficulties and constraints faced by policymakers when dealing with big data, as well as how big data affects actual policymaking. The book examines big data from several angles, including technological, legal, institutional, and ethical ones, in addition to political ones. Possible benefits and risks of using big data in the public sector are also evaluated and illustrated through various in-depth case studies.

In the book, the authors demonstrate that big data has the potential to significantly impact public policy. Public policy decisions often require large amounts of data to be collected, analyzed, and interpreted. Big data can provide insights that were previously unavailable or difficult to obtain, which can help policymakers make more informed decisions.

The authors show how big data can be used in public policy via an example of food security in Denmark. By analyzing large amounts of health data, policymakers can identify trends and patterns in order to better understand and address health issues in their communities. This information can be used to develop policies that promote healthy behaviors, prevent disease outbreaks, and improve access to healthcare services.

Another area where big data can be used is environmental policy. By analyzing large amounts of data on pollution levels, weather patterns, and other environmental factors, policymakers can develop policies that promote sustainable development and protect natural resources.

Overall, big data in public policy has the potential to improve decision-making, increase efficiency, and promote better outcomes for citizens. However, policymakers must also address issues related to data privacy and security to ensure that the use of big data does not infringe on individual rights or lead to unintended consequences.

Reviewer:  Mihailescu Marius Iulian Review #: CR147594 (2307-0089)
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