Research event

The Survival of Digital Open Government Initiatives

A presentation by Luciana Cingolani (Hertie School). This event is part of the Digital Governance Research Colloquium. Prior registration is not required.


For a number of years scholars have theorized about a change of paradigm in the collaborative practices between governments and citizens as a result of the newly emerged many-to-many forms of connectivity. A vibrant agenda on open government has flourished since, with critical advances on the conceptual front, but much less empirical testing of its propositions. This article makes use of a recognized typology of co-production initiatives in order to implement a Cox hazards survival analysis of 465 open government platforms from a global sample in 87 countries. Its main findings suggest that government-initiated collaborations have the lowest risk of termination and that citizen-to-government initiatives the highest. They also show that while internationally-exerted pressure for openness favors the genesis of open government platforms, it does not affect their survival chances.

Luciana Cingolani is Assistant Professor for Public Administration at the Hertie School. Her research interests lie at the intersection between public management and technology, with a focus on administrative capacity building, transparency and accountability, and the role of eServices and Open Data. Luciana is also a guest lecturer in the Master of Science in Public Policy and Human Development at UNU-MERIT in Maastricht, and collaborates with the Horizon2020 ‘Digiwhist’ project on public procurement quality in Europe. Beyond academics, Luciana has been a consultant for the UNDP, the French Development Agency and the OECD-Sigma project. She first obtained a PhD from Maastricht University in the Netherlands and a Master of Public Policy at San Andrés University in Argentina.

This new research colloquium is a joint initiative of the Hertie School's Digital Governance Centre and the Data Science Lab. It brings together Hertie School's research community in the areas of digital governance, digital government and data science. It offers a forum for debating research on key issues of current research related to questions of digital governance, digital government and AI with an interdisciplinary audience.