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My name is Jannick Schou and I am an Assistant Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen.

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I am a political scientist interested in questions of technology, politics and public institutions. My current work focuses particularly on how public managements and administrations are changing in an era of intensified digitalization. I am the author of two monographs and more than a dozen publications in journals such as Critical Discourse Studies, Critical Policy Studies, Citizenship Studies, Territory, Politics, Governance and Social Policy & Administration. I was awarded the Swedish Political Science Association’s (SWEPSA) price for best young researcher in 2018 (Statsvetenskapliga förbundets uppsatspris till yngre forskare) and was also a visiting scholar at Malmö University, Department of Global Political Studies, in 2018.

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New article out now: Digital by default? (with Anja Pors)
22 November 2018

Digitalisation reforms have become increasingly pervasive across European welfare agencies and public sector institutions. As welfare provision becomes premised on the use of digital technologies, often in the form of “self‐service” solutions, new demands are imposed on citizens, including already disadvantaged groups. Although existing research has showcased how digitalisation often reproduces existing lines of stratification, little to no work has been conducted on such processes in the context of welfare provision and public administration…. Read more.

New article out now: Digital state spaces (with Morten Hjelholt)
1 November 2018

Over the past decades, advanced capitalist states have increasingly used digital technologies to deliver state services and restructure public sector institutions. This practice has had profound institutional as well as political consequences. So far, however, little research has been conducted that examines the forms of statehood and governance to which the use of digital technologies gives rise. To fill this research gap, this paper examines governmental digitalization through the lens of political economies of state rescaling. In doing so, it engages with the production of state spatiality, ultimately advancing the concept of digital state spaces, which links scholarship on state restructuring with work in digital geography… Read more.

New article out now: Fake News as a Floating Signifier (with Johan Farkas)
9 Aug 2018

“Fake news” has emerged as a global buzzword. While prominent media outlets, such as The New York Times, CNN, and Buzzfeed News, have used the term to designate misleading information spread online, President Donald Trump has used the term as a negative designation of these very “mainstream media.” In this article, we argue that the concept of “fake news” has become an important component in contemporary political struggles. We showcase how the term is utilised by different positions within the social space as means of discrediting, attacking and delegitimising political opponents… Read more.

New article out now: Digital citizenship and neoliberalization (with Morten Hjelholt)
26 May 2018

Digital citizenship is becoming increasingly normalized within advanced democratic states. As society and governmental institutions become reliant on digital technologies, citizens are expected to be and act digitally. This article examines the governance of digital citizens through a case study of digitalization efforts in Denmark. Drawing on multiple forms of data, the article showcases how digital citizens are governed through a combination of discursive, legal and institutional means… Read more.