Halduskultuur http://halduskultuur.eu/journal/index.php/HKAC <p><strong><em>Halduskultuur – The Estonian Journal of Administrative Culture and Digital Governance</em></strong>, published by&nbsp;<a title="RND" href="http://www.ttu.ee/nurkse" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance</a> at Tallinn University of Technology, is a peer-reviewed multi-language interdisciplinary journal of administrative studies. The journal publishes contributions in English, the lingua franca of our times, and also in the languages of the region: Estonian, Finnish, German, Russian. The journal appears bi-annually.</p> Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance en-US Halduskultuur 1736-6070 Agile Stability: Relaunching Halduskultuur – The Estonian Journal of Administrative Culture and Digital Governance http://halduskultuur.eu/journal/index.php/HKAC/article/view/225 <p>Agile Stability: Relaunching Halduskultuur – The Estonian Journal of Administrative Culture and Digital Governance</p> Wolfgang Drechsler ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2019-05-29 2019-05-29 19 2 4 7 10.32994/hk.v19i2.225 International Standards and ICT Projects in Public Administration: Introducing Electronic Voting in Norway, Estonia and Switzerland Compared http://halduskultuur.eu/journal/index.php/HKAC/article/view/215 <p>This research focuses on the interrelationship between international standards and e-voting projects. With the rise of e-government activities, a multitude of new international standards is discussed or adopted in conjunction with such innovative reform steps. In order to gain a perception which role international standards dealing with legal, organizational and technical aspects play in national contexts and whether they are actually implemented, this essay specifically examines standards used in e-voting projects, as this area can be clearly distinguished from other e-government projects. Case studies in Estonia, Norway, and Switzerland show that there is a general interest in international sources and that real international standards are considered to be more important and “binding” than private organizations’ standards or other documents. In all three countries, the Council of Europe Recommendation on e-voting, the only real international standard in this field, played a role in the respective e-voting projects, but did not coin all phases. Once the international standards were endorsed as national regulations, they only played a minor role for the continuation of the projects. However, they are used for orientation and evaluation purposes.</p> Nadja Braun Binder Robert Krimmer Gregor Wenda Dirk-Hinnerk Fischer ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2019-05-29 2019-05-29 19 2 8 22 10.32994/hk.v19i2.215 Public Administration in the Islamic World: Considering the Importance of Religion, its Values and Culture http://halduskultuur.eu/journal/index.php/HKAC/article/view/169 <p>A small but growing area of public administration scholarship appreciates the influence of religious values on various aspects of government. This appreciation parallels a growing interest in comparative public administration and indigenized forms of government which recognizes the role of culture in different approaches to government. This article is at the crossroads of these two trends while also considering a very salient region, the Islamic world. The Islamic world is uniquely religious, which makes this discussion even more relevant, as the nations that represent them strive towards legitimacy and stability. The history and core values of Islam need to be considered as they pertain to systems of government that are widely accepted by the people. In essence, this is being done in many countries across the Islamic world, providing fertile grounds for public administration research from a comparative perspective. This paper explores these possibilities for future research on this topic.</p> Daniel Hummel ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2019-05-30 2019-05-30 19 2 23 38 10.32994/hk.v19i2.169 Do Bureaucratic Organizations Lobby? The Case of Ghana Immigration Service http://halduskultuur.eu/journal/index.php/HKAC/article/view/197 <p><em>Information from Seventy interviews and secondary evidence was used to investigate the relationship between Ghana Immigration Service’s (GIS) lobbying and the outcomes it produced. The focus of the investigation was in four areas: the strategies and tactics of lobbying employed; intermediate outcomes achieved; final outcome attained; and the effect of GIS’ lobbying on politics-administration relations</em>. <em>The evidence showed that the strategies succeeded in achieving the desired policy reforms. In addition to this final outcome, GIS’ lobbying also succeeded in attaining intermediate outcomes: increased attention; increased knowledge; and persuasion. </em> <em>Among others, the study’s contributions are that</em>: <em>it has explicated the overlooked</em> <em>conditions</em> <em>under which bureaucratic lobbying or influence is likely to occur; it has shown that lobbying impact should include not only final outcomes but also intermediate effects. Moreover</em>, <em>it has shown that politics-administration relations is a dynamic rather than a static category that is not explained by one best practice model but rather a best fit model or combination of models that is contingent on factors producing transient changes in the relationship.</em></p> Abdulai Kuyini Mohammed ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2019-05-30 2019-05-30 19 2 39 59 10.32994/hk.v19i2.197 Co-Creation for the Reduction of Uncertainty in Financial Governance: The Case of Monetary Authority of Singapore. http://halduskultuur.eu/journal/index.php/HKAC/article/view/199 <p>Traditionally financial governance has been perceived and studied as a closed system. Yet, increasing sophistication of technology facilitates the emergence of new organizational forms of collaboration between the state and corporate actors. The study argues that co-creation becomes the way for public sector to mitigate new types of uncertainties, coming from increasing technological sophistication of the financial sector. Thus, new insights can be gained from looking at co-creation in financial governance, which is a unique setting for co-creation as state’s partners are large and capable corporate organizations, especially in regards to financial innovation. Such an approach also brings new insight into co-production literature. To exemplify the argument, a closer look at how co-creation has been effectively applied by the Monetary Authority of Singapore in financial regulation and supervision as well as in policies related to promotion of the financial sector is provided.&nbsp;</p> <p>Keywords: financial governance, co-creation, uncertainty, financial innovation, Singapore</p> Olga Mikheeva Piret Tõnurist ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2019-05-30 2019-05-30 19 2 60 80 10.32994/hk.v19i2.199 Oscillation of Public Administration Paradigms and the Management of Public Service in Nigeria: Trajectory and Lessons http://halduskultuur.eu/journal/index.php/HKAC/article/view/202 <p>This paper chronicles various Public Administration paradigms and juxtaposes them with the management of Public Service (as an institution) in Nigeria. Attempts at making the public bureaucracy an effective instrument of development in Nigeria can be located in Public Service Reforms, and it is observable that the country has a long history in this. This study adopts the qualitative approach with a reliance on secondary data which were textually analysed, using the Neo-Weberian State Model as the theoretical framework. It is obvious that Nigeria’s experience with administrative reforms typifies an obsession with the traditional Weberian practice, as well as a half-hearted romance with SAP-induced/NPM reforms which labelled the country as a “hesitant reformer”. The paper emphasises a re-discovery of the values of Public Service in Nigeria based on the tenets of the NWS model. Other recommendations can also address the issues raised by the paper.</p> Jide Ifedayo Ibietan ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2019-05-30 2019-05-30 19 2 81 105 10.32994/hk.v19i2.202