Digitalization and Public Sector Transformations

  • Jannick Schou
  • Morten Hjelholt

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Jannick Schou, Morten Hjelholt
    Pages 1-17
  3. Thinking State Transformations Through Cultural Political Economy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Jannick Schou, Morten Hjelholt
      Pages 21-37
    3. Jannick Schou, Morten Hjelholt
      Pages 39-56
  4. Landscapes of Digitalization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Jannick Schou, Morten Hjelholt
      Pages 85-106
  5. Towards a Cultural Political Economy of Digitalization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Jannick Schou, Morten Hjelholt
      Pages 109-117
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 119-122

About this book


‘Jannick Schou and Morten Hjelholt have written an important contribution to the literature on the evolution of digital public services. Rather than defaulting to the technocratic narratives of many writers, they demonstrate that digitalization is part of an ideological project. This book should be read by everyone interested in electronic government.’

Karl Löfgren, Associate Professor, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington.

This book provides a study of governmental digitalization, an increasingly important area of policymaking within advanced capitalist states. It dives into a case study of digitalization efforts in Denmark, fusing a national policy study with local institutional analysis. Denmark is often framed as an international forerunner in terms of digitalizing its public sector and thus provides a particularly instructive setting for understanding this new political instrument.

Advancing a cultural political economic approach, Schou and Hjelholt argue that digitalization is far from a quick technological fix. Instead, this area must be located against wider transformations within the political economy of capitalist states. Doing so, the book excavates the political roots of digitalization and reveals its institutional consequences. It shows how new relations are being formed between the state and its citizens.

Digitalization and Public Sector Transformations pushes for a renewed approach to governmental digitalization and will be of interest to scholars working in the intersections of critical political economy, state theory and policy studies.


ICT Information and communication technologies Big data Analytics Neoliberal statecraft e-government IT policymaking

Authors and affiliations

  • Jannick Schou
    • 1
  • Morten Hjelholt
    • 2
  1. 1.IT University of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.IT University of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-76290-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-76291-3
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