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TROPICO is an international research project, dealing with the digital transformation in politics and public administrations from a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective. Specifically, we examine the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for new and innovative forms of collaboration in policy formulation and implementation – both within governments and between governments and external actors, such as citizens or enterprises.

The Potsdam team particularly addresses the question of how governments formulate policies in times of „digital governance“. Do established mechanisms of governmental coordination change? And if so, how? What are innovative forms of collaboration enabled by digital technologies? How do traditional and new processes of policy formulation interact? To answer these questions, we will conduct comparative case studies as well as a cross-national expert survey.

Project duration: June 2017 - May 2021

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 726840.