Title: A New Roadmap for Next-Generation Policy-Making
Citation: ICEGOV2012 p. 62-66
Publisher: ACM
Publication Year: 2012
JRC N°: JRC70565
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC70565
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: In the last thirty years the role of the government has moved consistently away from services provision to regulation. Society and economy has become more interconnected, unstable and unpredictable than ever, and citizens are more keen to engage in complex policy making. Within this context, traditional tools for policy making, based upon the perfectly rational representative agent maximizing its own utility in a general equilibrium framework, have been demonstrated as unable to predict and cope with some of today’s most pressing challenges, such as the financial crisis and climate change. Despite the explosion of data availability, the possibility to analyse them through crowdsourcing and large scale collaboration, the advance in modeling and simulation tools for assessing non-linear impact of policy options, the full potential offered by the new instruments for policy making has yet to be achieved. This is the reason why the European Commission decided to invest massively in this area. This paper presents the project CROSSOVER “Bridging Communities for Next Generation Policy-Making”, aimed at bridging the gaps both within the expert communities and towards the large public, in order to raise the level of policy‐making, increase the transparency and participation of citizens, reach out actual and potential users, and ensure growth of service providers. To do that the project will define a new “International Research Roadmap on ICT tools for Governance and Policy Modelling”. More in particular, the paper analyzes the Model‐based Collaborative Governance challenge, which is the section of the roadmap concerning the development of tools and methodologies able to design an efficient and effective decision making process, capable of detecting emergencies and evaluate the impact of different policy choices, as well as to foster stakeholders’ engagement in models building and in the evaluation and simulation of policy making.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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