Policy and technology: a "longue durée" view

Random thoughts on policy for technology and on technology for policy


July 2011

Policy-making 2.0: a refined model

I previously blogged about how I see use cases of gov2.0. I long tried to link gov20 to the policy-making cycle and this is somehow the most refined model I got to.

The central circle is the policy making cycle. The middle circle are the typical tasks of policy-making related to each phase of the cycle. The external circles are the tools to be used.

I would love your feedback. Hey I know it’s ugly! The original ppt is here in case you can make it better.

@alorza: I am sure you can make another OJO out of this!

Is instability good?

I came across two seemingly unrelated pieces of information (this is mostly a note to myself).

At TED Global, prof. Wilkinson repeated its thesis that “societies with more equal distribution of incomes have better health, fewer social problems (violence, drug abuse, teenage births, mental illness, obesity, and others)” (from wikipedia)

The Nesta Growth Dynamics report (pdf) underlines how US have a more dynamic business landscape than Europe, both in terms of growth and contraction. “Europe has a much larger share of ‘static’ firms, that is, firms that neither expand nor contract in a three-year period.”

Obviously the first refers to citizens, and to static measures of inequality, while the second to business and to mobility across time. Although they are often confused, inequality (wide gap between rich and poor) does not mean mobility (possibility that kids from poor families become rich, or that new startup become large companies). Countries can be inequal but not mobile (US citizens) or equal and not mobile (Italy).

My personal view is that inequality is not bad in itself, provided that it is combined with mobility. Possibly, mobility in the business world is more important that between citizens. But would like to get deeper in the topic. Any idea is welcome.

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