The Politics of Police Data: State Legislative Capacity and the Transparency of State and Substate Agencies

David Fortunato co-authors new article in American Political Science Review


All democracies require unelected government employees to collect relevant information on policy and outcomes to report to elected representatives that make laws. But what happens when representatives do not have resources to practice oversight of these bureaucrats, or, when bureaucrats have incentives to manipulate or withhold information? Scott J Cook and David Fortunato discuss this problem in application to police in the United States to explain why police routinely manipulate critical data and provide evidence that increasing the ability of elected representatives to practice oversight can significantly improve transparency.

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