Ensuring Innovation in Public Procurement – Does Party Affiliation Matter?

By Amandine Lerusse | 14. July 2020

This blog post looks at government contracting as a type of collaboration where the public sector contracts out public services to the private sector in order to deliver quality public services. In 2018, the European Commission indicated that government contracting accounted for 14 percent of the European single market GDP. Price is a major driver…

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Impressions from the first TROPICO Summit “Collaboration in the Digital Era: Evidence from European Governments”

By Tiina Randma-Liiv, Lise H. Rykkja and Karolina Poltorak | 4. February 2020

The TROPICO Summit 2019 entitled “Collaboration in the Digital Era: Evidence from European Governments” took place on 23-25 October 2019 in Tallinn, Estonia. Participants came from more than ten European countries and included TROPICO partners, External and Academic Advisory Board members, practitioners from public, business and non-profit sectors, scholars and representatives of other relevant projects.…

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TROPICO young research network, part III: Collaborating to solve complex crimes. Insights from a postdoc project on digital platforms in international police collaboration

By Sofia Jonsson | 16. December 2019

“On 19 November, the United Kingdom’s South Yorkshire Police and the Romanian National Police (Poliția Română), supported by Europol and Eurojust, dismantled an organised crime group involved in human trafficking for sexual exploitation. On the action day, law enforcement officers from Romania and the UK carried out 11 house searches (5 in Romania and 6…

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How not to conduct a consultation – and why asking the public is not always such a great idea

By Agnes Batory & Sara Svensson | 18. September 2019

Involving people in policy-making through collaboration and/or participation is generally a good thing. Policy-makers themselves often pay at least lip-service to the importance of giving citizens a say. In the academic literature, collaborative and participatory governance has been generally seen as improving the quality of democracy – as is also assumed in the TROPICO project. In particular, participatory techniques are advocated as…

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Innovation in public services through collaboration between public and private stakeholders

By Chesney Callens and Koen Verhoest | 13. August 2019

Delivering innovative services is not only important to increase the competitiveness of private for-profit companies, but is also a way for the public sector to achieve a higher level of user satisfaction and to solve wicked problems in the complex societies of today. Innovation creates new and creative solutions for complex problems that break with…

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