March 01, 2018

State & Local ICT Policy: A Framework for Cybersecurity

By Michael A. Aisenberg

When Alexis de Tocqueville visited the young United States preparing to author Democracy in America in 1836, he tempered his celebration of the constitutional tools of the American federal experiment with observations about the unique relationship between the individual states and the fledgling federal government. He specifically bemoaned the absence of effective executive functions at the state level, capable of carrying out common public purposes: “Certain undertakings are of importance to the whole State; but they cannot be put in execution, because there is no State administration to direct them.”

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