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Digital transformation strategies of German federal states

The project provides a systematic comparison of different approaches to digital policy.

Project description

Digitialisation requires comprehensive processes of transformation in a wide range of areas across society, the economy, law and politics. Political decision-making at multiple levels is necessary to avoid possible negative effects and make full use of the opportunities of digitalisation.

It is in this context, that the research project investigated the digitalisation strategies of the German states using qualitative case studies. The main focus was on two underlying themes: the processes of strategy development and the coordination and political steering of digitalisation.

The project’s aim was to discover under what conditions the digitalisation strategies can support the commitment of the relevant actors and the steering of digitalisation at the state level.

The project was completed by 31 December, 2020.


Dr. Christoph Egle

Managing Director, bidt

Project team

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hess

Member of bidt's Board of Directors | Director of the Institute for Digital Management and New Media, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität

Prof. Dr. Ursula Münch

Director, Akademie für Politische Bildung Tutzing (Scholarship – Education – Public Services)

Katharina Brunner

former Researcher, bidt

Andreas Jager

former Researcher, bidt