Master of Public Policy  

Modern government design: Preparing for the future of government

The future of government presents an array of complex challenges that necessitate a fundamental redesign of governance structures and processes in a situation what is often described as VUCA world. The rapid pace of technological advancement, the growing complexity of global issues, constant budgertary pressures and the increasing demands for transparency and citizen engagement are just a few of the pressing challenges governments face. To address these issues effectively, governments must embrace digital transformation, streamline bureaucracies, and prioritise data-driven decision-making. Moreover, they need to foster collaboration, both within government but also with non-governmental actors to tackle challenges such as climate change and pandemics. Redesigning government for the future requires a shift towards more agile, adaptable, responsive and result-driven institutions that can better serve the evolving needs of their citizens in an increasingly interconnected and dynamic world.

In this project seminar together with PD Partnerschaft Deutschland, Germany´s largest in-house consultancy, we aim to develop innovative and durable ideas for modern government design that can inform consultancy work. How should government agencies work in the future, how should they be stuctured and organised and what indicators could help assess modernity? Based on a review of literature and social media and international best practices of modernising government we want to mobilise students' creativity to answer these questions and derive ideas and principles of a government design for the future.


This course is for 1st year MPP students only.