Dr. Sarah Giest and Dr. Annemarie Samuels published a new article: 'Administrative burden in digital public service delivery: The social infrastructure of library programs for e-inclusion' in Review of Policy Research. The research focusses on the advantages and disadvantages of using support programs at public libraries as the primary site to promote digital inclusion in the Netherlands.
In their efforts to digitize public service delivery, countries increasingly use algorithms based on mathematical models, data and/or a combination of different administrative datasets to issue decisions, but recent studies point towards challenges around citizens' understanding, accessing, and filing objections to such automated decisions. This paper focuses on the social infrastructure supporting citizens that struggle with accessing such services. To address this, we ask: How does the social infrastructure affect administrative burdens associated with digital government services? This is studied in the Dutch context through expert interviews and observations of support programs in libraries. We find that although libraries as primary sites for these services may pose the disadvantage of being more difficult to reach for low-literate citizens, advantages are their organizational structure at the local level as well as their currently changing role to include a growing range of services, including (digital) skills courses.
The article can be accessed via the link below.
Giest, S., & Samuels, A. (2022). Administrative burden in digital public service delivery: The social infrastructure of library programs for e-inclusion. Review of Policy Research, 00, 00– 00. https://doi.org/10.1111/ropr.12516