Note — Mar 10, 2019

New Roles

Seen in → No.70

Two examples of new governmental roles to cope with very contemporary issues. Since 2016, Wales has appointed its first ‘minister for the unborn’, who’s mandate it is to make sure future generations get a fair hearing in present political debates. There is also a Finnish Ambassador fighting fake news, working on international collaboration, and trying “to increase the level of public awareness and media literacy on disinformation campaigns.”

To aid this struggle, her office is advancing a new approach to policymaking. Instead of top-down managerialism, government decisions need to be guided by principles such as public involvement, preventative action and cross-government collaboration.