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Dubai Policy Review

Dubai Policy Review

Published on: October 2019​
Genre: Public Policy​ Category: Future Government and Innovation​

Governments in the region face disruptive transformations, unprecedented in their scope and scale. The Dubai Policy Review is purposefully designed in response to these critical emerging changes.

In this inaugural edition of the Dubai Policy Review, we chose the theme of Public Policy for a Digital Future to highlight a pressing policy dimension in our world today. As you read through the insightful thought-provoking contributions, you will notice that, collectively, they develop a compelling picture of the shape of governance in the future. The fast-paced transformations in the era of digital governance, big data, artificial intelligence and smart cities, are changing the nature of power (Nye), redefining leadership (Linsky and Darabya), and shuffling developmental priorities (Sachs). They are triggering a constant state of wicked challenges (Fountain), revolutionizing citizen-government interactions (Madelin) and disrupting prevailing thinking about public innovation (Bourgon). Meanwhile, these changes are taking place while governments are pressed to develop context-fitting formulas to ensure the quality of government and wellbeing of society (Mahbubani), and to apply brave responses to turbulent economic cycles (Saidi). Yet, these same transformations are accelerating digital government’s contribution to sustainable development (UNDESA), creating opportunities for open government in the region (UNESCWA), triggering prospects of a new digital economy (World Bank) and enabling widely innovative government responses (OECD). The policy recommendations presented in each of these insightful articles provide a wealth of evidence-based policy options for government leaders.
The Dubai Policy Review (DPR) is published by the Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government with the aim of contributing to the advancement of future governance and public policy, through rigorous, accessible and actionable thought-leadership and practice-oriented knowledge. The journal targets the policy and government community with the objective of contributing to higher government quality, better government practice and informing future policymaking directions. The Dubai Policy Review (DPR) offers authoritative insight on future trends in public policy and government practice from global thought leaders in diverse public policy domains. These include, but are not limited to, innovation, digital transformation, social policy, economics, political science, management, leadership, wellbeing and sustainable development.

The DPR is published in print and online at  and is available in Arabic and English.

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