Public Value and the Digital Economy
How can the public manager create and co-create value in the digital economy? While there is much exciting work being done, there is a pressing need to recontextualize public value theory (PVT), specifically in terms of its theoretical precepts, in the fluid and dynamic environment that the digital economy has produced. Much of the theoretical undergirding of PVT predates the full onset of today’s digital economy, leaving aside phenomena including citizen-driven innovations, decentralized digital structures, and the algorithmic foundations of new economic life.
This is why a conceptually driven exercise in contemporizing PVT would be of great value to public administration’s theoreticians seeking to lead the theory in catching up to the praxis. This book seeks to answer the question of creating and co-creating public managerial value by developing chapters that revisit categories central to the functions of public managers in relation to other value-creating agents under PVT. It introduces new and important lenses to PVT that are grounded in the praxis of the digital economy, raising new questions about old problems in PVT and generating newer formulations that push PVT forward and make its debates salient to the futures that lay before the modern public manager. The book therefore constitutes an important effort to take PVT forward by shedding new light on the potency of the public manager in confronting and constructing the digital economy through co-creation with the other agents of public value.
It will be of interest to researchers, academics, and policy makers in the fields of public and nonprofit management, public administration and policy, and PVT.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Co-Creating Value with Politicians: Parliamentary Technology Offices 3. Co-creating Value With Citizens: Regulating the Cryptocurrency Space 4. Co-Creating Value with the Private Sector: PPPs and Digital Taxation Policy 5. The Digital Public Manager: Decentralized Autonomous Organizations 6. Conclusion
Usman W. Chohan, PhD, is a public value theorist who serves as Director for Economics & National Affairs at the Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies (CASS), Pakistan.