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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

Towards the Virtual Municipality

- And a Case for (More) Virtuous Research

Harald Baldersheim

Dept of Political Science

University of Oslo

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Three topics:

Trajectories of digital transformation

Mechanisms of digital transformation

Research on digital transformation

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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

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But what is the mechanism of transformation?

The fundamental transformative mechanism of ICTs:

Intelligence enhancement

): Faster and qualitatively better

information retrieval and processing

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Digital transformation of governance into

The digital commons

(discursive society; wisdom of crowds)

?

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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)

?

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Strategies of research:

Take advantage of «The municipal laboratory»

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Strategies of research:
  • Take advantage of «The municipal laboratory»
  • Numerosity*
  • Propinquity*
  • *Thanks, Peter John
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Strategies of research:
  • Take advantage of «The municipal laboratory»
  • Numerosity
  • Propinquity
  • + Contextuality
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Strategies of research:
  • Take advantage of «The municipal laboratory»
  • Numerosity – test variance models
  • Propinquity – test process models
  • Contextuality - test pragmatic models
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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?
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Ethics for local govt researchers

Remember:

There are people behind the numbers!

There may be victims behind the change!

Solutions are often oversold!

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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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