Teaching cases in political science: A collective action problem

Kommandantenhaus Berlin

In June 2014, I attended a training offered by NRW School of Governance and Bertelsmann Stiftung at the Bertelsmann residence in Berlin (pictured above) on case teaching in political science. Cases render teaching more lively and hands-on while the analysis of a concrete and complex example provides valuable insights into theories and their applications. For a quick introduction to case teaching in …    read more »

Presenting on citizensourcing at ICEGOV in Seoul

In October 2013, I participated in the 7th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV) in Seoul, Korea. I was there to present a paper I had co-written with my colleague Claudius Seidel at the Hertie School of Governance, dealing with “selective citizensourcing“. Citizensourcing is a neologism for the implementation of crowdsourcing in the …    read more »

Background research on digital topics in the German Federal elections 2013

In the summer of 2013, I took on a contract by Hertie School of Governance to conduct background research for their new “Election Blog”, covering the German Federal elections of 2013. More specifically, I was tasked to identify topics, analyse party positions and prepare blog article in the field of digital government and digitalisation in general. …    read more »

Book chapter on citizen coproduction published

An edited volume including a chapter by me with a communitarian take on citizen coproduction has just been published. The open access book “Perspektiven für morgen : Gedanken zur Zukunft von Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft” was a joint project of a student project course at University of Potsdam led by Linn Burchert and my organization Zoon Politikon. Here’s the English …    read more »

“Portals and Apps” article on mobile government published

eGovernment Review, a non-peer-reviewed open access journal on electronic government run by FH Kärnten in Austria, published a short two-page article by Niels Proske and me. It is based on a term paper I wrote for a seminar on e-government which was taught by Niels Proske. The article problematizes whether classic all-purpose e-government portals can be succesfully ported to …    read more »

Talking BA thesis and sustainability with Oikos International

My bachelor thesis, which received its final touches at a kitchen table in Cebu City, deals with the rather philosophical question: “How revolutionary is microfinance really?”. Although not directly dealing with questions of sustainability, the thesis still made a solid 5th place at Oikos International‘s Bachelor Thesis Award. As part of the award, my thesis was published on …    read more »