What are The Big Questions for Digital Government Research: A Public Administration Perspective
Mete Yildiz, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
Taking stock of an area of study and determining potential venues for further contributions by asking challenging big questions has been quite popular in the discipline of public administration for the last two decades. These "big questions" aim to encourage thinking "out of the box", without attempting to provide a corresponding set of definitive "big answers". Examples, of these big questions which are currently being published include: public management, public administration education, and public network management research. This keynote speech argues for the necessity of "a big question approach" in digital government research, to be asked from a public administration perspective. The big questions to be posed here originate from a review of the digital government research; and they benefit from several reviews of the digital government literature and by other developments in and around the public administration discipline as they pertain to digital government. The speech concludes with a discussion of the emergent topics and issues in digital government research and practice; as well as an evaluation of the relevance of the proposed big questions for the deepening and widening of digital government research in the years to come. The keynote speech presents an updated version of the article: Yildiz, M. (2012). Big questions of e-government research. Information Polity, 17(3, 4), 343-355.