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Digital delaktighet och projektet Digital mediebuss i Östergötland: En studie om politisk styrning, demokrati och delaktighet
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Political Science.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Digital Inclusion and the Project Digital Media Bus inÖstergötland : A Study about Political Steering, Democracy andParticipation (English)
Abstract [en]

This thesis examines digital inclusion and how it is governed in today’s politics. The main focus is on the region of Östergötland, the municipality of Norrköping and a project called Digital media bus in Östergötland. To give the reader some understanding about digital inclusion the thesis starts with earlier research on digital inclusion, the role of the library in solving this problem about digital divides and how it has been governed before. Then, some background information about Europe and Swedens digital development, their digital agendas, current legislation in Sweden about digital inclusion and two campaign weeks which aim to increase the digital inclusion in Europe and Sweden. The theoretical framework is based on a theory about different policy instruments and from a governance perspective. The theoretical framework interacts with the empirical material in the analysis. The empirical material is based on interviews with two politicians and three public officials, on different regulatory documents and on the project Digital media bus in Östergötland which has been observed during the year of 2016. The empirical material is presented in the sixth chapter called ”There are needs, so there must be solutions!”.

The result is that digital inclusion is a policy which is hard to govern. Today, it seems like there is mostly soft policy instruments and the way to govern is from a governance perspective – which means that there are a lot of networks and dissemination of information. However, a harder way to govern is requested by the informants because it may release necessary resources to solve the problem with digital exclusion. The project Digital media bus in Östergötland used mostly soft policy instruments in their work with getting children more technical skilled and digital curious. The main outcome from the project is that the problem with digital inclusion has got more attention both in the politics and the official administration, but the project has also shown the importance of cooperation. Lastly in my thesis, I discuss my results and propose some further research about digital inclusion. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 89 p.
Keyword [en]
Digital inclusion, political steering, governance, government, policy instruments, democracy, participation
Keyword [sv]
Digital delaktighet, politisk styrning, styrmedel, demokrati, delaktighet, projekt Digital mediebuss
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Public Administration Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-136288ISRN: LIU-IEI-FIL-A--17/02429--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-136288DiVA: diva2:1087231
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Master Thesis in Political Science
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2017-04-05, 13:15 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2017-04-10 Created: 2017-04-06 Last updated: 2017-04-10Bibliographically approved

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