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[Call for papers] Digitalization – saving or undermining the welfare state?

[Call for papers]

Digitalization saving or undermining the welfare state? Opening the black box of how digitalization of public services transforms the Nordic welfare states This special issue in Nordic Welfare Research will examine how policy intentions are translated into practice, with a specific focus on the changing relationships between citizens and the state in digitalization of public services in Nordic countries. We invite analyses of how digitalization contributes to the transformation of the Nordic welfare states. In addition, this special issue aims to discuss other implications of digitalization, such as democratic responsiveness, citizens use of digital self-services and transparency of case processing. We seek to draw attention to the complex interplay between digital technology, human agency and welfare state principles.

Papers could address, but are not limited to, the following questions

  • What is the relationship between digital and human actors in the administration of welfare in Nordic contexts?
  • How can we expand the room for democratic participation in digitalized welfare services in the Nordic countries?
  • How does digitalization contribute to changes in the governance of public services?

We invite contributions from across the Nordic countries that address issues concerning one or more of these questions to submit abstract (500 words) for initial editorial consideration.

Find the full call for papers here! Deadline for abstracts is September 1st, 2022.

Best of wishes

Lisa Reutter PhD Candidate Department of Sociology and Political Science


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