Innovation and social networks in public administration

The Universidad Autónoma de Madrid organized the Summer Course “Innovation and social networks in government: transparency, participation and collaboration”  between September 4 and 6. This course, directed by the associate professor J. Ignacio Criado, was to make an approach to the use of social networks in the three levels of Spanish public administration, defining its characteristics, identifying some of the best practices and listening to the opinion of public managers.

I participated as a lecturer with Ismael Peña-López, Professor at the School of Law and Political Science of the Open University of Catalonia. In our presentation we focused on the intersection between Spanish public administrations, new grassroot movements and social media, and we also introduced some social network analysis metrics that provide insights on how Internet and social media could boost a new political paradigm based on network-centric organization models.

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