Calls for Papers (special): International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age (IJPADA)


Special Issue On: New Approaches of Civic Engagement in the Public Administrations and Citizens Relations

Submission Due Date
11/1/2020

Guest Editors
María Elicia Cortés-Cediel, Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Antonio Opromolla, Link Campus University, Rome, Italy

Introduction
In the last decades the relation between Public Administrations and citizens have become more and more complex, since they do not only consist in a “one way relation” where the Public Institutions inform people on their decisions but new forms of this relations are emerging, where the citizens play a more and more central role. This is possible also through to the application of new digital technologies.

Objective
The increasing use and ubiquity of technologies in the context of citizen participation has had an impact on the opening of public administrations to citizens. After times of disaffection towards political institutions, citizens are not only considered as beneficiaries of e-services, but also as active actors in decision and policy making. As a result, citizen participation has created public value in terms of quality of life, social inclusion, and healthier democracy, and has promoted governments to increase transparency and accountability. New methods of engagement of the population are emerging, which focus not only on the consultation of citizens on specific issues decided by the Institutions, but on the requirement of a more extended collaboration which foresees an active intervention of citizens in all the decision-making processes or even real partnerships between Institutions and citizens. In this regards, the objective of this special issue is to identify new forms of civic engagement and public participation which characterize the relation between Public Administrations and citizens, by collecting both theoretical contributions and the discussion of specific case studies.

Moreover, in order to involve citizens, governments have activated participation and consultation mechanisms through the digitization of conventional channels, resulting in e-voting and e-participatory budgeting platforms. In addition, they have launched other specific initiatives supported by novel, engaging technologies, such as social media, achieving high levels of active participation and governance. In these new digital scenarios, specific citizen participation dynamics that appear spontaneously become particularly interesting. In this way, the use of emerging technologies has entailed changes on how citizen participation arises and evolves, resulting for example in social movements led by hashtags within social networks. Moreover, the use of artificial intelligence to automate or support the participation processes, analyze the content generated by citizens in digital platforms. Another central aspect consists in the increasing presence of digital technologies also in the spaces of the cities, by creating more “hybrid” solutions (digital and physical) which not only sustain citizens in their daily activities, but which represent possible touch points between citizens and Institutions, also with the aim of a higher civic engagement. In the above citizen participation scenarios, spaces arise in which citizens’ privacy and actions are unprotected and are object of attack. Hence, for instance, mechanisms of misinformation and fake news entail biases in the content generated and received by citizens, and cyber-attacks make the citizens’ privacy unprotected. At a general level, also a lack of information by citizens of their potential role in decision-making processes or on the contrary a lack of trust in Institutions can discourage processes of civic engagement an participation. This is true also on the side of institutions, which are not aware of the contributions citizens can give to them. In this regard this special issue intends to collect contributions which discuss the way disruptive technologies provide new forms of civic participation and engagement, by also emphasizing the related barriers, risks and dangers.

Recommended Topics
• Novel initiatives of civic engagement and offline citizen participation
• New forms of e-democracy and novel e-voting systems
• New approaches of citizen empowerment and partnerships between citizens and governments
• New forms and approaches of co-creation and co-production
• Youth civic engagement
• E-activism and social movements
• Citizens as transparency and accountability beneficiaries
• Citizen participation and engagement in social media
• Collective intelligence and collaborative tools
• Motivational technologies: persuasive and affective computing
• Internet of Things, ubiquitous computing, and citizen sensing
• Immersive technologies: augmented reality, virtual reality, and extended reality
• Conversational systems
• Gamification
• Living labs
• Open, big and linked data
• Data analytics and visualization
• Blockchain (e.g., blockchain-based e-voting systems)
• Economic, social and technological barriers in citizen participation
• Digital literacy and its consequences for citizen participation
• Inclusion, integration and diversity in e-participation
• Ethical aspects of new approaches of civic engagement
• Misinformation and fake news and their impact on public opinion and civic engagement
• Privacy and data protection in e-participatory platforms

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on New Approaches of Civic Engagement in the Public Administrations and Citizens Relations on or before October 1, 2020. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at http://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/. All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

All inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
María Elicia Cortés-Cediel
E-mail: mcorte04@ucm.es

Antonio Opromolla
E-mail: a.opromolla@unilink.it
Guest Editors
International Journal of Public Aministration in the Digital Age (IJPADA)

Special Issue On: COVID-19, pandemics and its effect on digitalisation of organisations

Submission Due Date
12/31/2020

Guest Editors
Asst. Prof. Dr. Tugberk KAYA
Department of Management Information Systems, School of Applied Sciences,
Cyprus International Univesirty, Nicosia, Northern Cyprus

Introduction
COVID-19 is the recent pandemic which the world is facing with 566,269 cases in 176 regions by 27th March 2020. Although the disease has lower case-fatality rates than Sars, Mers or Ebola, it created great panic and lock-downs are happening in order to prevent the spread of the virus. The pandemic will, unfortunately, affect many of the businesses and economical impact will be worse. Governmental lock-downs cease life, and the current situation indicates that digitalization of the practices will be the key to the future. Both public and private organizations should innovate their daily processes in a way that they are reachable virtually.

Objective
One of the main aims of this special issue is to examine the effect of COVID-19 and other pandemics on the digitalization of public sector and not for profit organizations.

This special issue aims to highlight:

1) Digital technologies for national health systems to detect pandemics and monitor them.
2) Digital technologies for efficiently managing pandemics.
3) Digital technologies for helping economies to recover disruptive economic times, increasing efficiency, and ensuring safety after pandemics.

Recommended Topics
· Digital technologies to help to prevent the spread of pandemic
· Digital technologies to help crises management
· Digital technologies to help to find cases effectively
· Digital technologies to use government resources effectively
· Digital technologies to help economies to recover by ensuring efficiency and safety
· Digital technologies to help the sustainability of health systems
· Alternative digital processes for local and governmental organisations
· Alternative digital processes for non-governmental organisations
· Crowdsourcing to manage pandemics in an efficient way
· Reviewing data protection in case of a pandemic

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on COVID-19, pandemics and its effect on digitalisation of organisations on or before December 31st, 2020. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at http://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/. All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

All inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
Asst. Prof. Dr. Tugberk KAYA
Guest Editor
International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age (IJPADA)
E-mail: tkaya@ciu.edu.tr