Open Government 200 (2010)

Dr. Michael Steinbusch / Prof. Dr. Dennis Hilgers

Theories of innovation suggest that the process of product and service development is becoming more open, placing more emphasis on external knowledge, and involving a wide range of external actors to achieve, and sustain innovation.


The growing success of open innovation practices in many firms raises the question of whether these principles can be transferred to innovate public sector organizations. Going beyond a technocratic e-government paradigm, but with the support of internet technology, we present a structural overview of how external collaboration and innovation between citizens, and public administrations can offer new ways of citizen integration and participation, enhanced performance, and benefits for the political decision-making process.


The project Open Government 200 provides a vast overview about the advantages, chances, and implementations of Open Government – focusing on Germany, but including international comparisons. The question proposed is, if, and how public administrations already open up toward different stakeholders within the decision-making processes, and whether they are actively searching for collaboration with external partners (Open Government). Central for the project is the use of internet-based platforms, and existing research in the area of urban planning, and architecture. Key questions are: Which methods exist, that allow citizens to participate in infrastructure projects, and civil engineering? Which experiences were made with those methods so far? What are experiences made? How much is the planning of public construction oriented by the needs of users, and residents? Are there any positive experiences with the design, and planning of construction in collaboration with citizens? In what sense does this new forms differentiate in terms of procedural forms of citizen participation?

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