Call for Chapters: Open Government. Opportunities and Challenges for Public Governance

[01-10-2012]

On January 2009, President Obama signed the Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government. The memorandum declares the new Administration’s commitment to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government and establishing a system linking three principles: transparency, public participation and collaboration.

Since then, public administrations around the world have embarked on open government initiatives and have worked to redefine their relationship with citizens and with each other. However, the speed of events and the “need” to implement open government projects not to be left behind have given rise to confusion and ambiguity. Although many of the initiatives have been based on opening data and on promoting open action, generally, speaking, governments have followed different directions and interpretations when it has come to implement them. As a result, nowadays, it can be said that the development of open government is unequal and heterogeneous. There is confusion about the concept itself (what an open government initiative is and what is not, difference with the e-government term, newness of the term,…), about its implementation process and about its real impact.

Objective of the book 

Open Government. Opportunities and Challenges for Public Governance aims at shedding light on the open government concept and, in particular at: 

  • Providing comprehensive knowledge of recent major developments of open government around the world.
  • Analyzing the importance of open government efforts for public governance. 
  • Providing insightful analysis about those factors that are critical when designing, implementing and evaluating open government initiatives. 
  • Discussing how contextual factors affect open government initiatives’ success or failure. 
  • Exploring the existence of theoretical models of open government. 
  • Proposing strategies to move forward and to address future challenges in an international context. 

Recommended topics include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Open data
  • Public sector re-use of information
  • Open source software for open government
  • Social media
  • Interoperability
  • Evaluation of open government initiatives
  • Transparency
  • The CIO’s role in open government
  • Co-production/co-creation of public services
  • Open government and e-inclusion
  • Participation

It is the intention of the book to include both empirical and theoretical chapters. Regarding the former, case studies of both developed and developing countries will be more than welcome. These cases may refer to examples of successful and less successful open government efforts.

Submission procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before October 31, 2012, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of the proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by November 30, 2012 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter organizational guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by March 31, 2013. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a blind review basis. The book is scheduled to be published by Springer (under the Public Administration and Information Technology book series) in 2014.

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically to Dr. Mila Gascó-Hernández (mila.gasco@esade.edu).