T01P08 - Crowdsourcing as a Policy Tool: Co-Production in the Digital Era

Topic : Policy Process Theories

Panel Chair : Araz Taeihagh - arazth@smu.edu.sg

Panel Second Chair : MIchael Howlett - howlett@sfu.ca

Objectives and Scientific Relevance of the panel

Using crowds is more than a procedural novelty: it is a form of co-production which opens new venues for direct contact between the state and citizens that can affect the force and direction of decision making. However, to date, both 'crowdsourcing' and 'co-production' remain ill-defined and weakly investigated. This panel will present papers discussing the strengths and weaknesses of the use of this tool for public policy-making. Papers will contrast digital crowdsourcing with other types of tools and present evidence of its success and failure to enhance policy-making. Cross-national and cross-sectoral studies are especially welcome as are theoretically informed case studies.

Call for papers

Using crowds is more than a procedural novelty: it is a form of co-production which opens new venues for direct contact between the state and citizens that can affect the force and direction of decision making. However, to date, both 'crowdsourcing' and 'co-production' remain ill-defined and weakly investigated. This panel will present papers discussing the strengths and weaknesses of the use of this tool for public policy-making. Papers will contrast digital crowdsourcing with other types of tools and present evidence of its success and failure to enhance policy-making. Cross-national and cross-sectoral studies are especially welcome as are theoretically informed case studies.

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