Crowdsourcing the Policy Cycle

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Conference Proceeding Article

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Crowdsourcing is beginning to be used for policymaking. The “wisdom of crowds” [Surowiecki 2005], and crowdsourcing [Brabham 2008], are seen as new avenues that can shape all kinds of policy, from transportation policy [Nash 2009] to urban planning [Seltzer and Mahmoudi 2013], to climate policy. In general, many have high expectations for positive outcomes with crowdsourcing, and based on both anecdotal and empirical evidence, some of these expectations seem justified [Majchrzak and Malhotra 2013]. Yet, to our knowledge, research has yet to emerge that unpacks the different forms of crowdsourcing in light of each stage of the well-established policy cycle. This work addresses this research gap, and in doing so brings increased nuance to the application of crowdsourcing techniques for policymaking.


Crowdsourcing, Policy Cycle, Virtual Labor Markets, Tournament-Based Collaboration, Open Collaboration, Policy Design, Policy Evaluation, Policy Implementation, Policy Enforcement


Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation

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Political Science


Collective Intelligence Conference 2014


MIT Center for Collective Intelligence

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Cambridge, MA

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
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