Peter M. Shane
Author, 'Connecting Democracy' and 'Madison's Nightmare'; Law professor, E-democracy researcher

Peter M. Shane's most recent books are "Cybersecurity: Shared Risks, Shared Responsibilities" (with Jeffrey Hunker) and "Connecting Democracy: Online Consultation and the Flow of Political Communication" (with Stephen Coleman), published by MIT. His 2009 book, Madison's Nightmare: Unchecked Executive Power and the Threat to American Democracy, is published by the University of Chicago Press. He is the Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law at the Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law, and was Visiting Professor of Law for 2011-12 at Harvard Law School. A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, Professor Shane clerked for the Hon. Alvin B. Rubin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He served as an attorney-adviser in the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel and as an assistant general counsel in the Office of Management and Budget, before entering full-time teaching in 1981 at the University of Iowa. He has visited at Duke, Boston College, and Villanova Law Schools, and was the inaugural "Visiting Foreign Chair" for the University of Ghent Program in Foreign and Comparative Law in Ghent, Belgium, in 2001. In 2008-09, he served as Executive Director for the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. Peter's research focuses on (1) law and the American presidency, (2) democratic theory, and (3) cyberdemocracy, the use of new information technologies to expand opportunities for citizens to participate meaningfully in the formulation of public policy. The views expressed in his blog posts are entirely his own and do not represent the views of The Ohio State University or of any other organization with which he is now or has been associated.

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