Article: Is there a need for a digital Ministry? A glance at international experiences

Gerhard Hammerschmid and Tim Hildebrandt publish article on international experiences of organising government digitalisation and if Germany needs a Digital Ministry.

The short article "Is there a need for a digital Ministry? A glance at international experiences” is co-authored by Gerhard Hammerschmid and Tim Hildebrandt, and is published in Public Governance, a journal edited by the Institut für den öffentlichen Sektor e.V.

The article aims to contribute to the current political debate in Germany on the "D-question": whether to establish a possible new digital ministry after the federal election or not. To better assess the pros and cons of a digital ministry, the authors take a glance at international experiences, more precisely more than 30 countries—some of which are pioneers in digitalisation—and examine how digitalisation is organised within the machinery of government at national level.

Their analysis reveals that a separate digital ministry is found only in a handful of countries, including Luxembourg, Poland and Greece. In contrast, countries at the forefront of government digitalisation—looking at the UN E-Government Survey and the EU Digital Economy and Society Index—have opted for a solution to embed digitalisation in a strong Ministry such as the Ministry of Finance or the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Another central finding is that all digital leaders have established strong implementation agencies, most prominently for instance Scandinavian agencies*, Government Digital Services in the UK and the Digital Transformation Agency in Australia.

The article (in German language) is now available here.

*Agency for Digitisation (Denmark), Agency for Digital Government (Sweden), The Norwegian Digitalisation Agency (Norway), Digital and Population Data Services Agency (Finland).