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Challenges of Digital Governance


July 3 - July 12

Registration is closed.

Language: English


The course introduces the key topics of digital governance (e-government, e-participation) implementation from the perspective of Political Science.

Course Description

During this course students will learn the key models and theories, useful for digital governance researchers and practitioners. They will also discuss successful and unsuccessful cases of e-government and e-participation project implementation. At the end of the course students will present their own projects, related to digital transformations in the public sector.

This course can be a good starting point for researchers in the field of digital transformation of public administration. Also, it will be useful to those who want to understand the logic of modern reforms in this area, which take place in different countries

Why Choose This Course?

The course has a clear balance between theory and practice. Students get acquainted with the key theories in digital governance and have an opportunity to apply them in their own projects of public transformation in the digital sector.


  • The Role of ICTs in the Public Sector: From NPM to Governance and Beyond
  • E-Governance: Theories, Expectations, Realities
  • E-Participation: Challenges of Citizens Engagement
  • Gamification and Social Media Use in Digital Governance
  • Smart Cities and Algorithmic Governance
  • Measuring and Benchmarking Digital Transformation
  • E-Governance Projects: Factors of Success and Failure
  • Case Studies and Project Presentations

Skills and Competence

By the end of the course students will get acquainted with the basic concepts and theory of traditional management theory, acquire the skills to apply concepts and theories in the practice of digital transformation.

Teaching methods

8 lectures and 8 seminars (reading and discussion groups, projects development and presentation).


No special skills are required.

Final Assessment

Project presentation. 

Final Grade Background

60 % – participation in the seminars

40 % – presentation of projects


The course is taught by Yury Kabanov, a senior lecturer at the Department of Political Science and International Affairs, as well as the Academic Director of the BA Programme in Political Science and World Politics (HSE – Saint Petersburg). His main research interests include the issues of online politics, e-government and e-participation. Since 2016 he has served as the program coordinator of the international conference “Digital Transformation and Global Society”, as well as participated in several research projects on related issues. Yury Kabanov has more than 20 publications on e-government and e-participation, including the articles published in the Government Information Quarterly and the Media & Communication.

Seminars are conducted by Dmitry Arkatov, a senior lecturer at the Department of Political Science and International Affairs. His research interests include e-participation, urban and regional policy. At the Higher School of Economics, Dmitry Arkatov teaches courses on digital politics and quantitative research methods.

Recommended Reading List

Coleman, S. (2017). Can the Internet Strengthen Democracy? John Wiley & Sons. .

Welch, E. W. (Ed.). (2021). Research Handbook on E-government. Edward Elgar Publishing.