Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

11-2017

Abstract

Crowdsourcing is rapidly evolving and applied in situations where ideas, labour, opinion or expertise of large groups of people is used. Crowdsourcing is now used in various policy-making initiatives; however, this use has usually focused on open collaboration platforms and specific stages of the policy process, such as agenda-setting and policy evaluations. Other forms of crowdsourcing have been neglected in policy-making, with a few exceptions. This article examines crowdsourcing as a tool for policy-making and explores the nuances of the technology and its use and implications for different stages of the policy process. The article addresses questions surrounding the role of crowdsourcing and whether it can be considered as a policy tool or as a technological enabler and investigates the current trends and future directions of crowdsourcing.

Keywords

Crowdsourcing, Public policy, Policy instrument, Policy tool, Policy process, Policy cycle, Open collaboration, Virtual labour markets, Tournaments, Competition

Discipline

Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation | Policy History, Theory, and Methods | Political Science

Research Areas

Political Science

Publication

Policy Sciences

Volume

50

Issue

4

First Page

629

Last Page

647

ISSN

0032-2687

Identifier

10.1007/s11077-017-9303-3

Publisher

Springer Verlag (Germany)

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

https://doi.org/10.1007/s11077-017-9303-3

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