Introduction to Policy-Making in the Digital Age

  • Marijn JanssenEmail author
  • Maria A. Wimmer
Part of the Public Administration and Information Technology book series (PAIT, volume 10)


The explosive growth in data, computational power, and social media creates new opportunities for innovating governance and policy-making. These These information and communications technology (ICT) developments affect all parts of the policy-making cycle and result in drastic changes in the way policies are developed. To take advantage of these developments in the digital world, new approaches, concepts, instruments and methods are needed, which are able to deal with societal complexity and uncertainty. This field of research is sometimes depicted as e-government policy, e-policy, policy informatics or data science. Advancing our knowledge demands that different scientific communities collaborate to create practice-driven knowledge. For policy-making in the digital age disciplines such as complex systems, social simulation and public administration need to be combined.


e-policy Policy-making Data science Policy informatics Big data Open data Data science Simulation Gaming 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Technology, Policy, and ManagementDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University of Koblenz-LandauKoblenzGermany

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