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Blockchain informative infrastructure: a conceptual reflection on public administrative procedures and a citizen-centred view

Christian Rainero (Department of Management, University of Turin, Turin, Italy)
Giuseppe Modarelli (Department of Management, University of Turin, Turin, Italy)

Information Technology & People

ISSN: 0959-3845

Article publication date: 12 May 2021

Issue publication date: 29 July 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This work highlights the potential of blockchain from a public management (PM) angle. Given the limited presence of blockchain's broad-spectrum, empirical-applicative evidence in the public sector, as well as theoretical systematisations that can exemplify its potential within this scope, the authors have concentrated their efforts on structuring a referring model.

Design/methodology/approach

After identifying a gap and conducting a preliminary literature review related to public administration (PA), the authors propose a paradigm focused on a conceptual synthesis methodology, starting from a longitudinal analysis and a coding activity that are able to structure a clear framework of theoretical parallelism regarding blockchain's main functionalities, as well as future perspectives in the public sector.

Findings

The main results yielded a specific longitudinal literature review and constitute a referring model of blockchain's systematised functionalities through a conceptualised matrix. The outcome of the conceptualisation process frames and systematises a rapidly growing controversial phenomenon, furnishing a specific referring paradigm for the issue as it relates to policymakers.

Originality/value

The study's originality resides in the two views the authors created, both from the literature review and from the conceptual synthesis for public sector operative practice via an anthropocentric lens, conveyed by a three-year range of analysis.

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Citation

Rainero, C. and Modarelli, G. (2021), "Blockchain informative infrastructure: a conceptual reflection on public administrative procedures and a citizen-centred view", Information Technology & People, Vol. 34 No. 4, pp. 1252-1284. https://doi.org/10.1108/ITP-05-2020-0343

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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