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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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Expert reflections on the role of ICT and digitalisation in public administration

By Ole A. Danielsen, Johannes S. Førde and Lise H. Rykkja | 31. January 2019

TROPICOs External Advisory Board (EAB) consists of expert practitioners from public and private sector organisations across Europe. We invited the two Norwegian members to reflect on the role of ICT for public administration, the opportunities and challenges resulting from digitalisation, and perspectives for the future. Eivor Bremer Nebben is a Senior Advisor in the Norwegian…

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TROPICO young research network

By Chesney Callens and Magnus Paulsen Hansen | 19. December 2018

TROPICO includes a large number of young researchers who provide essential work for the project. It is a first-rate opportunity for them to contribute with their innovative research ideas, to learn from their peers, interact with other young researchers as well as more established academics, and bring out results from their research. The TROPICO blog…

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ICT = [I]nnovation, [C]ollaboration, [T]ransformation?

By Camilla Wanckel & Julia Fleischer | 8. November 2018

The digital era and new developments in information and communication technologies (ICT) provide new opportunities for policy makers, allowing them to make use of instruments such as open and big data, algorithmic and predictive analytics or even artificial intelligence to inform policy design and decision-making. For example, the UK Defence Secretary launched an artificial intelligence…

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ICT and innovation matter in procurement, say civil servants

By Amandine Lerusse | 23. October 2018

TROPICO wants to understand how public authorities consider environmental, social and innovative criteria when collaborating with the private sector. Therefore, TROPICO invited civil servants in five countries (Belgium, Estonia, Germany, Norway and Spain) to participate in a survey, designed quite innovatively, about their preferences in public procurement and their willingness to pay for including such…

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