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Digitalization and the Challenge of Engagement in New Forms of Governance: A case study on adoption and implementation of the Regional Digital Agenda for Östergötland, Sweden 
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Political Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6099-4252
2015 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper presents a case study on the adoption and implementation of a digital agenda in the Region of Östergötland, in Sweden. I aim to describe and analyze the collaborative policy network around the agenda and the challenges of engagement of key regional and local actors with it. The underlying research question for this inquiry is how can I understand better the difficulties of engaging key local and regional actors in collaborative policy networks on digitalization policies and their implementation, in conditions when administrations and politics are compelled to reform. The study analyses the type of governance network and the difficulties of engaging the different local and regional actors in a multilevel, cross-jurisdictional collaboration. The findings present and discuss challenges such as changing roles, appraisal of utility of digitalization and new collaboration that it involves, ownership of digitalization and parallel networks as hinders or catalysts. It is concluded among others that the network is a hybrid combination of policy community and issue network that really does not govern in practice and still struggles at the moment to hold together.

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Governance, digitalization, policy network, actors, municipalities
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Public Administration Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-120984OAI: diva2:850331
2015 The European Group for Public Administration (EGPA) Annual Conference, Toulouse, 26-28 August
Available from: 2015-09-01 Created: 2015-09-01 Last updated: 2015-09-18

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