Governing systems are multiplying and diversifying. The expanding influence of non-state actors, the emergence of a global conscientiousness, the prominence of social media platforms and internationalisation of decision-making are forming new, multi-layered governing systems over traditional decision-making structures.
Developments and Forecasts
Elements such as: the Knowledge Revolution, the transition to sustainable development, the new social trifunctionality, open government, the conservative and populist zeitgeist, and the increasing influence of businesses, are transforming governance at high speed.
Increasing global connectedness will continue to foster the interactions among non-state actors beyond states' capacity to control them, increasingly challenging traditional governance.
Ubiqutous digital connectivity is changing the lives, systems of values, and the governing system(s) all over the world.
The gap between what citizens expect from governments and what governments are seen to be delivering is growing, raising serious challenges in terms of effectiveness and legitimacy. This could require a radical rethink of how governments work. Democratization of information sources could be used for a more active engagement of the citizenry in policymaking.
Indicators to measure change and potential forecasts.
Freedom in the World 2019
Source: Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2019
Relevant EC Work
TIM (Tools for Innovation Monitoring) is a tool developed by the EC Joint Research Centre to monitor and better understand the different facets of innovation and technological development.
Use TIM to explore R&I related to increasing influence of new governing systems
The EMM News Brief, Europe Media Monitoring, is a fully automatic system that analyses both traditional and social media. It gathers and aggregates about 300,000 news articles per day from news portals world-wide in up to 70 languages.
Use EMM News Brief to explore worldwide news related to the changing governing systems
- Information Manipulation; A Challenge for Our Democracies. A report by the Policy Planning Staff (CAPS, Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs) and the Institute for Strategic Rechearch (IRSEM, Ministry for the Armed Forces), 2018
- ESPAS - European Strategy and Policy Analysis System, ESPAS Report 2019: Global Trends to 2030, 2019
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