Tech States: Digital Government, In Practice and On Reflection

'We need a richer debate around what the institutional, technical, cultural responses are going to be to cross-government platforms and more digital public services'

Richard Pope and Antonio Weiss join Tanya Filer to talk about core themes in digital government today.  They explore the topics that Richard and Antonio intend to investigate as Digital State affiliated researchers at the Bennett Institute, from digitalisation and historical patterns of state reform to user-centricity and its discontents, as well as platform governance and shared national infrastructures. Other topics they cover include:

  • The importance of thinker-practitioners in digital government, as both a relatively young government domain, and one that often prides itself on moving at speed
  • What governments can and cannot outsource, and what types of digital understanding and technological skill they need to nurture and retain in-house
  • Future public sector skills' needs and the role of public policy schools in their development

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Episode produced by Simona Rata.