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  • Writer's pictureChristina J. Colclough

Reshaping the Digitization of Public Services

This article in the New England Journal of Public Policy argues that the current digitalisation of public services is occurring in a void. Caused by poor public procurement and/or supplier contracts, insufficient digital laws with a lack of governance processes and bodies, and competency gaps from all parties involved, the article suggests how and why this void can be filled to protect quality public services and decent work.


From the vantage point of public services as a service as well as a workplace, the article discusses potential remedies to ensure that digitalization does not affect the quality of public services as services and as places of employment. It spells out the additional measures that will be needed to fill the void ethically and ensure that fundamental human rights, freedoms, and autonomy are protected. It concludes that we need to simultaneously slow down and hurry up. We must take the time to get the necessary safeguards in place and continually ask whether more technology really is the right solution to the challenges we face. But also, we need to hurry up to build a critical understanding of the current mode of digitalization so alternatives can be tabled.

The article is based on conversations with union members across the world, a literature review, and the author’s own studies of the digitalization of public services and employment.

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Recommended Citation

Colclough, Christina J. (2022) "Reshaping the Digitization of Public Services," New England Journal of Public Policy: Vol. 34: Iss. 1, Article 9.

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