#Opendata: Digital-Era Governance Thoroughbred or New Public Management Trojan Horse?

Public Policy & Governance Review, Vol. 2, No. 2, p. 38, Spring 2011

17 Pages Posted: 31 May 2011 Last revised: 13 Jun 2012

Justin Longo

Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

Date Written: March 31, 2011

Abstract

The open data movement - in which advocates have called for governments to provide open, easy-to-use and largely free-of-charge access to public data - has generated significant momentum in a short period of time. I review the benefits - to both governments and the public - that many open data advocates agree are achievable from making digitized government data more open. Following this, I focus on one of these purported benefits and propose an alternative interpretation that identifies a potential downside to open data as currently framed: that an alternative reading of some elements of the open data advocacy coalition originate in the New Public Management reform agenda and seek to revive it.

Keywords: open data, open government, Gov 2.0, new public management, digital era governance

Suggested Citation

Longo, Justin, #Opendata: Digital-Era Governance Thoroughbred or New Public Management Trojan Horse? (March 31, 2011). Public Policy & Governance Review, Vol. 2, No. 2, p. 38, Spring 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1856120

Justin Longo (Contact Author)

Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy ( email )

3737 Wascana Parkway
Regina, Saskatchewan S4S0A2
Canada
3065854942 (Phone)

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