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Form-ing governance

Form-ing governance Purpose– This paper aims to examine the central place of the list and the associated concept of an identifier within the “scaffolding” of contemporary government order. Design/methodology/approach– These terms are deliberately chosen to make strange and help unpack the constitutive capacity of information systems and information technology within and between contemporary government agencies. We draw upon the substantial body of work by John Searle to help understand the place of lists in the constitution of the order of governance. Findings– To enable us to ground our discussion of the potentiality and problematic associated with lists, we describe a significant and modern instance of list-making, situated around the issue of digital identity management. Originality/value– The theoretical framework discussed allows us to better explain breakdowns in the institutional order characteristic of this domain. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1750-6166
DOI
10.1108/TG-11-2014-0052
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Abstract

Purpose– This paper aims to examine the central place of the list and the associated concept of an identifier within the “scaffolding” of contemporary government order. Design/methodology/approach– These terms are deliberately chosen to make strange and help unpack the constitutive capacity of information systems and information technology within and between contemporary government agencies. We draw upon the substantial body of work by John Searle to help understand the place of lists in the constitution of the order of governance. Findings– To enable us to ground our discussion of the potentiality and problematic associated with lists, we describe a significant and modern instance of list-making, situated around the issue of digital identity management. Originality/value– The theoretical framework discussed allows us to better explain breakdowns in the institutional order characteristic of this domain.

Journal

Transforming Government: People, Process and PolicyEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 16, 2015

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