Forthcoming in Fall 2023 with Cambridge University Press, The Networked Leviathan: For Democratic Platforms gives a case for building bottom-up participatory governance institutions into large internet platforms such as Facebook, Google, and Amazon. It does so through an argument rooted in the insights of generations of political scientists about the problems with information and self-control that political states experience, paired with an account of how large platform companies face similar problems. Democratizing the platforms on a global basis has the potential to help protect the world against the numerous ills that uncontrolled online misconduct has inflicted on the world---such as fraud, misinformation, and election disruption---while also potentially mitigating the neocolonial relationship that American companies currently have with the Global South.
The Networked Leviathan is available for pre-order in paper and cloth. When it is released (approximately September/October 2023), it will also be available for free in open-access e-book format.