Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential;
4. The principal challenge for Public Policy and Governance is that we are constrained to find solutions for 21st-century challenges using 19th-century government structures. Examine. (250 words)
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Why the question:
The outdated structures or namesake convergence has made the public policy ineffective in reaping the benefits of technological revolution. This article makes a case of effective and optimal utilization of convergence.
Key Demand of the question:
Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.
Structure of the answer:
Start by defining the convergence of technology with public policy so as to address the modern challenges posed by healthy, society and geopolitics.
Elaborate on how Governing convergence has been a challenge because ministries and departments are turf-conscious, statute-bound vertical silos and examine its negative impact and opportunity cost of not achieving convergence.
Public policy and governance must evolve to address the modern challenges using technology convergence. Suggest ways to achieve convergence.
Conclude with a way forward.