Governmental bodies and the governance of digital transformation: A matter of practices

By: Michele Veneziano

Digital transformation has become increasingly important in the public sector due to its potential to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and enhance (digital) public services. So far, different strands of literature investigated how the use of digital technologies in public administration has enabled governments to streamline processes, automate routine tasks, and improve data management. This is supposed to lead to faster and more accurate decision-making, greater transparency, and even more citizen engagement. The COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the importance of digital transformation in the public sector, as remote work and digital service delivery became essential.

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This post is part of a series on informality in practice, to be published at regular interval on the ATS blog.

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São Paulo (Photo from the website The Global Millenial)



Or: building citizens, one brick at the time

Brazil is a country with a violent past – a Wild-West kind of violence.

Take Maria da Conceição Pereira Silva, for example. Born in 1945 in Afogados de Sertania, deep in the Brazilian Nordeste, one of her first memories was seeing a bunch of jagunços, thugs with guns, beating her father on behalf of the local fazendeiro.

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This post is part of a series on informality in practice, to be published at regular interval on the ATS blog.

Vacant houses, Baltimore (Photo by Flickr user cranky messiah, Creative Commons license)



Or: tapping into the latent potential of people

Straight from the epic tv series “The Wire”: how do you teach something to West Baltimore’s worst “corner boys”?

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Artesanado de Rua, Empresa Familiar, Cidade dos Mortos, Cairo
Artisan’s workshop, City of the Dead, Cairo (Alessandro Colombo)



This post is part of a series on informality in practice, to be published at regular interval on the ATS blog.

Formally, the series constitutes a theoretically-ambitious attempt at exploring the implications of key insights from practice theory for the realm of urban governance (both analytically and normatively). In methodological terms, the series will implement a heuristic research strategy based (in terms of its epistemological premises) on the potential of bottom-up theorization via case studies research.

Practically, the series will publish short posts telling stories – possibly with short video clips and nice pictures of exotic places. If this thing is going to fly, it will first become something self-sustaining, then a must read for the local community of scholars, then a trail-blazing publication, then an H2020, and finally a hugely popular and critically-acclaimed tv series like Black Mirror – only focusing on the more optimistic side of life.

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