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The Department of Public Law and Governance has a vacancy for a PhD Researcher in law or public administration who has a strong interest in the interplay between open government and administrative decision-making. Are you eager to discover how open government can strengthen transparency rights in administrative single-case decision-making in a digital era? And do you want to join a promising and multidisciplinary team with young and leading scholars in the field? Then this could be the ideal PhD project for you!
Tilburg Law School is seeking an enthusiastic colleague for the position of PhD researcher at the intersection of open government, administrative decision-making and transparency rights in the Department of Public Law and Governance.
Digitalization of government is not only potentially constraining public officials in taking tailormade decisions, it can also enable them to take decisions which are better apt for the particular circumstances at stake. At the same time, the rule of law still requires government decisions to be consistent with other decisions. Existing transparency guarantees make it difficult, if not impossible for citizens to compare their case with other relevant cases and therefore fail to address the need for so-called ‘case-inclusive transparency’. Modern open government legislation can act as a game changer here, as it increasingly requires administrative decisions in single cases to be disclosed publicly to everyone.
Central to this research are the effects of public disclosure of administrative single-case decisions to transparency in administrative single-case decision-making. The PhD researcher will be encouraged to formulate their own research questions within this overarching framework, e.g. on the legal necessity or boundaries to public disclosure of single-case decisions, on the organizational conditions or effects of public disclosure or on the consequences for the interplay between citizens and administrative authorities. The project will combine a legal approach, connecting open government legislation with legislation on administrative decision-making, with an empirical approach. This empirical approach covers both practices of public disclosure under open government legislation (e.g. the Dutch Open Government Act) and practices of administrative decision-making, where citizens confront public officials with government information disclosed under open government legislation.
This PhD position is part of the research project ‘Case-Inclusive Transparency for a Digital and Open Government’ (CITaDOG), which is funded by the Digital Sciences for Society program of Tilburg University and is related to the NWO Vidi project ‘Administrative Decision-Making in Times of Open Government: from Rule to Case Transparency’ (2024-2028). CITaDOG consists of a multidisciplinary team of researchers (law, public administration, computer science, social psychology) and is supported by different collaborating partners representing both the government and the citizen perspective. You will be one of the four PhD candidates within the research team and will be supervised by inspiring scholars from different disciplines. For more information on CITaDOG, check https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/about/digital-sciences-society/projects/case-inclusive-transparency.
Tilburg University is curious about how you can contribute to our research, education, impact, and to the team you will be part of. Therefore, we would like to get the best possible picture of your knowledge, insight, skills, and personality. Below you can find the qualifications we consider important for the position.
To maintain a vibrant and active university community, it is important that we meet each other regularly and that the connection between us remains good. Therefore, the premise is that all staff members carry out their work in the Netherlands and that lecturing is done physically.
Tilburg University offers excellent terms of employment with attention to flexibility and room for (personal) development. We recognize and reward our employees and encourage the use of talents and strengths.
Tilburg University is committed to an open and inclusive culture, embracing diversity, and encouraging the mutual integration of groups of staff and students. We create equal opportunities for all our staff and students so that everyone feels at home in our university community.
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