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From Machinery to Mobility

Government and Democracy in a Participative Age

  • Explores the reconfiguration of democratic and managerial governance within democratic societies due to the advent of technological mobility

  • Analyses the appropriateness and impacts of the technological investments and initiatives undertaken by governments

  • Examines the prospects for holistic adaptation of democratic and managerial systems going forward?

Book

Part of the Public Administration and Information Technology book series (PAIT, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Jeffrey Roy
    Pages 1-15
  3. Jeffrey Roy
    Pages 17-27
  4. Jeffrey Roy
    Pages 29-42
  5. Jeffrey Roy
    Pages 43-57
  6. Jeffrey Roy
    Pages 59-68
  7. Jeffrey Roy
    Pages 69-81
  8. Jeffrey Roy
    Pages 83-96
  9. Jeffrey Roy
    Pages 97-110
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 111-132

About this book

Introduction

The Westminster-stylized model of Parliamentary democratic politics and public service accountability is increasingly out of step with the realities of today’s digitally and socially networked era. This book explores the reconfiguration of democratic and managerial governance within democratic societies due to the advent of technological mobility. More specifically, the traditional public sector prism of organizational and accountability – denoted as ‘machinery of government’, is increasingly strained in an era characterized by smart devices, social media, and cloud computing. This book examines the roots and implications of the tensions between machinery and mobility and the sorts of investments and initiatives that have been undertaken by governments around the world as well as their appropriateness and relative impacts. This book also examines the prospects for holistic adaptation of democratic and managerial systems going forward, identifying the most crucial directions and determinants for improving public sector performance in terms of outcomes, accountability, and agility. Accordingly, the ultimate aim of this initiative is to contribute to the formation of intellectual foundations for more systemic reforms of public sector governance in Canada and elsewhere, and to offer forward-looking trajectories for government adaptation in shifting from a traditional prism of ‘machinery’ to new organizational and institutional arrangements better suited for an era of 'mobility'.

Keywords

Democratic governments Governance Internet Public Administration Public sector Technology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Dalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title From Machinery to Mobility
  • Book Subtitle Government and Democracy in a Participative Age
  • Authors Jeffrey Roy
  • Series Title Public Administration and Information Technology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Public Administration, Information Tech.
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7221-6
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4614-7220-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4899-9436-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4614-7221-6
  • Series ISSN 2512-1812
  • Series E-ISSN 2512-1839
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 132
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Public Administration
    Innovation/Technology Management
    Comparative Politics
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