Halduskultuur https://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> en-US shobhit.shakya@halduskultuur.eu (Shobhit Shakya) shobhit.shakya@halduskultuur.eu (Shobhit Shakya) Fri, 04 Dec 2020 10:02:24 +0200 OJS http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 Building an Agile Government: Its Possibilities, Challenges, and New Tasks https://halduskultuur.eu/journal/index.php/HKAC/article/view/235 <p>Although “agility” is a popular term today, an understanding of its meaning and key components is lacking. The term “agile government” has been increasingly used in various studies and reports but remains unclear. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to review agile government studies, overcome the various new challenges against such trends, and identify possibilities of building an effective agile government. First, business agility studies and agile development methods are reviewed, followed by an overview of agile government studies and an evaluation of the present and future uses for agile governments. Finally, this paper identifies various challenges and suggests new tasks toward a more agile government based on the reviews.</p> Kil Pyo Hong, Pan Suk Kim ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://halduskultuur.eu/journal/index.php/HKAC/article/view/235 Thu, 03 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0200 Quality of Governance at the Communal Level in Poland: an Exploratory Study of the Worst Performer Case From the Opolskie Province https://halduskultuur.eu/journal/index.php/HKAC/article/view/224 <p style="margin-right: -0cm; margin-bottom: 0cm; line-height: 150%;" align="justify"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-size: medium;">The objective of this paper is an attempt to explain the determinants of the lowest governance quality level in one of the communes of the Opolskie Province, Poland. The first stage of the research consisted in developing a commune-level governance quality index in order to measure the quality of governance in the 60 communes of the Opolskie Province.</span><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: medium;"> Subsequently, the commune with the lowest score in the index was qualified for the second stage of the research which was based on the extreme case method. The major conclusion from the research is that the commune leader's governance style which allowed him to hold on to power for many terms of office was responsible for generating low governance quality. Furthermore, the low quality of governance was not only the effect of the governance style but also the strategy aimed at remaining in the commune leader office for many terms. </span></span></span></span></p> Bartosz Czepil ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://halduskultuur.eu/journal/index.php/HKAC/article/view/224 Thu, 03 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0200 The Use of Social Media in Public Administration: the Case of Slovakian Local Self-government https://halduskultuur.eu/journal/index.php/HKAC/article/view/243 <p>Regarding constantly growing importance of information technologies public organizations try to find optimal solution, which might help to increase the qualitative aspects of relationship between governments and citizens. Experts argue that social media usage have potential to foster participation and engagement of the public. The aim of study is to analyse Facebook profiles of selected Slovakian cities, focusing on the general features of social network usage, content and the purpose of posts published over a four-year period. Besides, the article tries to be theoretical and practical insight to application of social media in public administration. The main finding is based on statement that analysed official Facebook pages mostly include informational posts while calling for opinion and calling for participation represent significantly lower part of total posts. Simultaneously, positive impacts of social media usage have been identified both for public organizations and wider public. Simultaneously, the benefit of the article is associated with fostering an interest in examined issues of social media usage, which we hope might improve the quality of social media strategies and benchlearning processes in other Slovakian cities and hopefully other local self-government units in the European territory. Finally, various limits and perspectives of social media use are discussed in the final part of the article, specially of ideals of democracy, cybersecurity, policymaking, as well as participation and engagement of citizens.</p> Ondrej Mitaľ ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://halduskultuur.eu/journal/index.php/HKAC/article/view/243 Thu, 03 Dec 2020 18:36:03 +0200 Who Creates Value? https://halduskultuur.eu/journal/index.php/HKAC/article/view/253 <p><em>The Last Dance </em>is a sports documentary miniseries focusing on the 1997-98 NBA champions Chicago Bulls and their star Michael Jordan. Through the lenses <em>of The Last Dance</em>, whose global popularity has been unprecedented for a documentary, we discuss value from a historical, political and cultural perspective. First, this paper provides a concise account of the ambivalent nature of value from a historical perspective. We then discuss the Bulls’ General Manager dispute with Jordan over whether the players or the organization win championships; and the Scottie Pippen “injustice” according to which Pippen, a top Bulls player, was underpaid. By addressing these two issues, we show that all value is collectively produced. We argue that all value approaches are imperfect, temporary and context-specific. We thus highlight the need for scholars and policymakers to critically discuss value&nbsp;and point to the commons sphere for more inclusive understandings of value.</p> Vasilis Kostakis, Alexandros Pazaitis ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://halduskultuur.eu/journal/index.php/HKAC/article/view/253 Thu, 03 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0200 Max Weber (1864-1920) and Public Administration Today https://halduskultuur.eu/journal/index.php/HKAC/article/view/260 <p>Max Weber passed away on 14 June 1920 at the early age of 56, from consequences of the last pandemic – the Spanish Flu (Kaesler 2014, 15-16). During the last 100 years, Weber’s positionas one of the world’s great economists, sociologists, social science theorists, and public administration scholars has been secure (see Whimster 2004), if with ups and downs. Weber’seminence is probably the least contested in the last field – not uncontested, for sure, as eminence must attract criticism. Ups and downs yes, but Weber remains central. At a minimum, we may say that he is the most important public administration thinker of his time, even of modern public administration. One can think with or against Weber in public administration, but by and large, not really without him. We therefore decided that it was not only fitting, but even necessary, to include a short tribute to him in a Halduskultuur issue this year, a fortioriseeing that this journal has carried several studies of Max Weber, Weberianism, and the Neo-Weberian State (e.g. Samier 2005; Drechsler 2005; 2009; Kostakis 2011), and indeed, that the concept of Administrative Culture is particularly Weberian.</p> Wolfgang Drechsler ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://halduskultuur.eu/journal/index.php/HKAC/article/view/260 Thu, 03 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0200