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Public procurement governance as an information-intensive train, and the attract of digital applied sciences — The best way to Crack a Nut

I’ve simply began a 12-month Mid-Profession Fellowship funded by the British Academy with the aim of writing up the monograph Digital Applied sciences and Public Procurement. Gatekeeping and experimentation in digital public governance (OUP, forthcoming).

Within the technique of writing up, I will likely be sharing some draft chapters and different thought items. I’d warmly welcome suggestions that may assist me polish the ultimate model. As at all times, please be happy to achieve out: a.sanchez-graells@bristol.ac.uk.

On this first draft chapter (num 6), I discover the technological promise of digital governance and use public procurement as a case research of ‘coverage irresistibility’. The primary concepts within the chapter are as follows:

This Chapter takes a governance perspective to mirror on the method of horizon scanning and experimentation with digital applied sciences. The Chapter stresses how aspirations of digital transformation can drive coverage agendas and make them weak to technological hype, regardless of technological immaturity and within the face of proof of the problem of rolling out such transformation programmes—eg concerning the nonetheless ongoing wave of transition to e-procurement. Delivering on procurement’s objectives of integrity, effectivity and transparency requires dealing with challenges derived from the data depth and complexity of procurement governance. Digital applied sciences promise to carry options to such informational burden and thus increase decisionmakers’ potential to cope with that complexity and with associated uncertainty. The attract of the potential advantages of deploying digital applied sciences generates ‘coverage irresistibility’ that may seize decision-making by policymakers overly uncovered to the promise of technological fixes to recalcitrant governance challenges. This will in flip end in extreme experimentation with digital applied sciences for procurement governance within the identify of transformation. The Chapter largely focuses on the EU coverage framework, however the insights derived from this evaluation are simply exportable.

One other draft chapter (num 7) will observe quickly with extra detailed evaluation of the feasibility boundary for the adoption of digital applied sciences for procurement governance functions. The complete particulars of this draft chapter are as follows: A Sanchez-Graells, ‘The technological promise of digital governance: procurement as a case research of “coverage irresistibility”’ to be included in A Sanchez-Graells, Digital Applied sciences and Public Procurement. Gatekeeping and experimentation in digital public governance (OUP, forthcoming). Out there at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/summary=4216825.

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