Policy Practice and Digital Science

Integrating Complex Systems, Social Simulation and Public Administration in Policy Research

  • Marijn Janssen
  • Maria A. Wimmer
  • Ameneh Deljoo

Part of the Public Administration and Information Technology book series (PAIT, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Marijn Janssen, Maria A. Wimmer
    Pages 1-14
  3. Wander Jager, Bruce Edmonds
    Pages 57-73
  4. Dragana Majstorovic, Maria A Wimmer, Roy Lay-Yee, Peter Davis, Petra Ahrweiler
    Pages 95-123
  5. Eleni Kamateri, Eleni Panopoulou, Efthimios Tambouris, Konstantinos Tarabanis, Adegboyega Ojo, Deirdre Lee et al.
    Pages 125-156
  6. Andreas Ligtvoet, Geerten van de Kaa, Theo Fens, Cees van Beers, Paulier Herder, Jeroen van den Hoven
    Pages 157-176
  7. Natalie Helbig, Sharon Dawes, Zamira Dzhusupova, Bram Klievink, Catherine Gerald Mkude
    Pages 177-204
  8. Rebecca Moody, Lasse Gerrits
    Pages 205-219
  9. Euripidis Loukis, Yannis Charalabidis
    Pages 261-289
  10. Wander Jager, Gerben van der Vegt
    Pages 291-303
  11. Roy Lay-Yee, Gerry Cotterell
    Pages 305-320
  12. Tobias Ruppert, Jens Dambruch, Michel Krämer, Tina Balke, Marco Gavanelli, Stefano Bragaglia et al.
    Pages 321-353
  13. Dominik Bär, Maria A. Wimmer, Jozef Glova, Anastasia Papazafeiropoulou, Laurence Brooks
    Pages 355-378

About this book


The explosive growth in data, computational power, and social media creates new opportunities for innovating policy-making. The open data and social media movements are making large quantities of new data available. Sophisticated techniques for data gathering, visualization, and analysis have expanded our ability to understand, display and disseminate complex temporal and spatial information to diverse audiences. At the same time, enhancements in computational power have expanded the repertoire of instruments and tools available for studying dynamic systems and their interdependencies. Demands for more openness, transparency and participation results in the need to proactively engage stakeholders in policy making.  

To take advantage of these developments in the digital world, new approaches, concepts, instruments and methods are needed to handle the societal and computational complexity. This requires extensive interdisciplinary knowledge of public administration, policy analyses, information systems, complex systems and computer science. This book provides the foundation for a new interdisciplinary field, in which various traditional disciplines are blended.  

Both policy makers and those in charge of policy implementations acknowledge that ICT is becoming more important and is changing the policy-making process, resulting in a next generation policy-making based on ICT support. Efforts to design public policies are confronted with considerable complexity, in which (a) a large number of potentially relevant factors need to be considered, (b) a vast amount of data needs to be processed, (c) many stakeholders are involved, (d) a large degree of uncertainty exist and (e) rapidly changing circumstances may shape the policy context.  

This is the first comprehensive book, in which the various developments and disciplines are covered from the complete policy-making perspective. The essential characteristics of this research field are that it 1) is practice-driven 2) employs modelling techniques and 3) needs the knowledge coming from various disciplines. This book is practice-driven by taking the public policy problem as a starting point and defining what information is relevant for addressing the problem under study. Several examples in different domains are included in this book. Attention is given to modelling, simulation and visualization instruments and approaches, and comparisons between them. Finally, public administration, policy analyses, information systems, complex systems and computer science disciplines are blended in this book.



(ICT) Governance Information and communications technology Policy analyses Policy-making Public administration

Editors and affiliations

  • Marijn Janssen
    • 1
  • Maria A. Wimmer
    • 2
  • Ameneh Deljoo
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Technology, Policy, and ManagementDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Institute for Information Systems ResearchUniversity of Koblenz-LandauKoblenzGermany
  3. 3.Faculty of Technology, Policy, and ManagementDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-12783-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-12784-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2512-1812
  • Series Online ISSN 2512-1839
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