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Transforming into Open, Innovative and Collaborative Governments

Project description

Technology for trust in administrations

While new technology has revolutionised multiple sectors, the manner in which government administrations work and collaborate still struggles to foster citizens’ trust and guarantee trust in policies. The EU-funded TROPICO project aims to enhance public, private and societal participation in policy design and service delivery. It will conduct multidisciplinary comparative research, using robust quantitative and qualitative methods to examine the five administrative and socio-cultural European traditions found in 10 representative countries across Europe. Its primary focus is investigating collaboration within and by governments, specifically exploring the role of information and communication technologies. Moreover, the project will generate policy recommendations through collaborative efforts with stakeholders and users, ensuring their effective applicability.


The TROPICO project (Transforming into Open, Innovative and Collaborative Governments) aims to comparatively examine how public administrations are transformed to enhance collaboration in policy design and service delivery, advancing the participation of public, private and societal actors. It will analyse collaboration in and by governments, with a special emphasis on the use of information and communication technologies (ICT), and its consequences.
Assessing the institutional conditions and individual drivers and barriers is crucial for understanding the transformation of governments towards greater collaboration. The state structures and administrative traditions provide different 'starting points' of the public sectors in Europe. Likewise, individual attitudes, skills, and expertise of officials play a decisive role in understanding this transformation. Subsequently, TROPICO will examine collaboration practices within governments (internal) and between public, private and societal actors (external), across a variety of policy sectors. We will study the actors and means of innovative collaboration, including ICT, and how they are interlinked. Lastly, assessing the effects of collaboration for legitimacy, accountability and government efficiency is essential to provide a comprehensive analysis of the transformation towards open, innovative, and collaborative governments.
Our multidisciplinary project will follow a truly comparative approach, examining ten countries representing the five administrative traditions in Europe: Nordic (Norway, Denmark), Central and Eastern European (Estonia, Hungary), Continental (Netherlands, Germany), Napoleonic (France, Spain; Belgium (mixed)), and Anglo-Saxon (United Kingdom). We will combine rigorous quantitative and qualitative research methods. TROPICO puts a strong emphasis on the inclusion of stakeholders and users throughout the project to test and reflect upon the applicability of our key findings and policy recommendations.

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Net EU contribution
€ 993 768,00
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Norge Vestlandet Vestland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 1 199 885,00

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