A Song of Digitization and Law: Design Requirements for a Digitization Check of the Legislative Process
Koddebusch, Michael; Halsbenning, Sebastian; Laude, Lennart; Voss, Vivien; Becker, Jörg
The digital transformation of the public sector needs laws that are designed to foster digitization. Scholars have long investigated different aspects of the legislative process and how to enhance it with regard to digital meaningfulness. However, to date, there is scarce research to expand these efforts beyond the legislator and consider public authorities charged with the enforcement of laws. The study employs a qualitative research approach to bridge this gap. We conducted nine expert interviews, aiming to introduce design requirements for a digitization check that considers public authorities enacting and enforcing legislation. Fourteen design requirements were established, which are essential for implementing a digitization check. Complementary to the requirements, subjects to be covered by the check are presented. The results of this study enable practitioners to improve the legislative process and call for scholars to deepen their understanding of digital-ready legislation.
digital-ready legislation; design requirements; digitization check; e-Government; public sector digitization