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XXI Nordiske kommuneforskningskonferanse Universitetet i Oslo 22.- 24. 11. 2012 Towards the Virtual Municipality - And a Case for (More) Virtuous Research Harald Baldersheim Dept of Political Science University of Oslo. Three topics: Trajectories of digital transformation

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Xxi nordiske kommuneforskningskonferanse universitetet i oslo 22 24 11 2012

XXI Nordiske kommuneforskningskonferanse

Universitetet i Oslo 22.- 24. 11. 2012

Towards the Virtual Municipality

- And a Case for (More) Virtuous Research

Harald Baldersheim

Dept of Political Science

University of Oslo


Xxi nordiske kommuneforskningskonferanse universitetet i oslo 22 24 11 2012

Three topics:

Trajectories of digital transformation

Mechanisms of digital transformation

Research on digital transformation


Xxi nordiske kommuneforskningskonferanse universitetet i oslo 22 24 11 2012

But what is the mechanism of transformation?

Authority? Command? >> reforms

Rewards? Self-interest?>> bureau-shaping

Proximity? Diffusion? >> ripples in the water

Playfulness? Briccolage? >> disjointed construction

Chance? Garbage Can? >> chance encounters


Xxi nordiske kommuneforskningskonferanse universitetet i oslo 22 24 11 2012

But what is the mechanism of transformation?

The fundamental transformative mechanism of ICTs:

Intelligence enhancement

): Faster and qualitatively better

information retrieval and processing


Xxi nordiske kommuneforskningskonferanse universitetet i oslo 22 24 11 2012

Digital transformation of governance into

The digital commons

(discursive society; wisdom of crowds)

?


Xxi nordiske kommuneforskningskonferanse universitetet i oslo 22 24 11 2012

Digital transformation of governance into

The digital commons

(discursive society; wisdom of crowds)

or

Tragedies of the digital commons

(tyranny of digital demagogues; flash mobs; Big Brothers)

?


Xxi nordiske kommuneforskningskonferanse universitetet i oslo 22 24 11 2012

Strategies of research:

Take advantage of «The municipal laboratory»


Xxi nordiske kommuneforskningskonferanse universitetet i oslo 22 24 11 2012

  • Strategies of research:

  • Take advantage of «The municipal laboratory»

  • Numerosity*

  • Propinquity*

  • *Thanks, Peter John


Xxi nordiske kommuneforskningskonferanse universitetet i oslo 22 24 11 2012

  • Strategies of research:

  • Take advantage of «The municipal laboratory»

  • Numerosity

  • Propinquity

  • + Contextuality


Xxi nordiske kommuneforskningskonferanse universitetet i oslo 22 24 11 2012

  • Strategies of research:

  • Take advantage of «The municipal laboratory»

  • Numerosity – test variance models

  • Propinquity – test process models

  • Contextuality - test pragmatic models


Xxi nordiske kommuneforskningskonferanse universitetet i oslo 22 24 11 2012

  • Strategies of research:

  • Take advantage of «The municipal laboratory»

  • Numerosity – test variance models

  • more digitalization, more democracy?

  • Propinquity – test process models

  • social media as change agent for local democracy?

  • Contextuality - test pragmatic models

  • how have local actors used social media to improve

  • citizen relations?


Xxi nordiske kommuneforskningskonferanse universitetet i oslo 22 24 11 2012

Ethics for local govt researchers

needed more than ever!


Xxi nordiske kommuneforskningskonferanse universitetet i oslo 22 24 11 2012

Ethics for local govt researchers

Remember:

There are people behind the numbers!

There may be victims behind the change!

Solutions are often oversold!


Xxi nordiske kommuneforskningskonferanse universitetet i oslo 22 24 11 2012

Ethics for local govt researchers

Remember:

Beware of:

There are people behind the numbers!

- The number cruncher’s backlash

There may be victims behind the change!

- The model monger’s pit

Solutions are often oversold!

- The advocacy trap


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