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The Algorithmic Society
Technology, Power, and Knowledge

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ISBN 9780367204310
December 29, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

We live in an algorithmic society. Algorithms have become the main mediator through which power is enacted in our society. This book brings together three academic fields – Public Administration, Criminal Justice and Urban Governance – into a single conceptual framework, and offers a broad cultural-political analysis, addressing critical and ethical issues of algorithms.

Governments are increasingly turning towards algorithms to predict criminality, deliver public services, allocate resources, and calculate recidivism rates. Mind-boggling amounts of data regarding our daily actions are analysed to make decisions that manage, control, and nudge our behaviour in everyday life. The contributions in this book offer a broad analysis of the mechanisms and social implications of algorithmic governance. Reporting from the cutting edge of scientific research, the result is illuminating and useful for understanding the relations between algorithms and power.Topics covered include:

  • Algorithmic governmentality
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Fairness in criminal justice and predictive policing
  • Principles of good digital administration
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the smart city

This book is essential reading for students and scholars of Sociology, Criminology, Public Administration, Political Sciences, and Cultural Theory interested in the integration of algorithms into the governance of society.

Table of Contents

1. The Algorithmic Society: An Introduction

Rik Peeters & Marc Schuilenburg



2. Governing by Algorithms and Algorithmic Governmentality: Towards Machinic Judgement

Paul Henman

3. Algorithmic Regulation: Machine Learning as Governance Tool

Cary Coglianese

4. Responsible and Accountable Algorithmization: How to Generate Citizen Trust in Governmental Usage of Algorithms

Albert Meijer & Stephan Grimmelikhuijsen

5. Towards Principles of Good Digital Administration: Fairness, Accountability and Proportionality in Automated Decision-Making

Arjan Widlak, Marlies van Eck & Rik Peeters



6. The Seductiveness of Fairness: Is Machine Learning the Answer? – Algorithmic Fairness in Criminal Justice Systems)

Fernando Ávila, Kelly Hannah-Moffat & Paula Maurutto

7. Rethinking Predictive Policing: Towards a Holistic Framework of Democratic Algorithmic Surveillance

Rosamunde van Brakel

8. Algorithmic Reasoning: The Production of Subjectivity Through Data

Gwen van Eijk



9. Smart City Imaginaries: Looking Beyond the Techno-Utopian Vision

Marc Schuilenburg & Brunilda Pali

10. Sense in the (Smart) City: Where Personalisation is the Political

Michael McGuire

11. Five Smart City Futures: A Criminological Analysis of Urban Intelligence

Keith Hayward


12. Understanding the Algorithmic Society: Concluding Thoughts

Marc Schuilenburg & Rik Peeters



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Rik Peeters is Professor at the Division of Public Administration at the Centre for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE) in Mexico City.

Marc Schuilenburg is Professor at the Faculty of Criminal Law and Criminology at VU University Amsterdam.