Public Crowdsourcing: Analyzing the Role of Government Feedback on Civic Digital Platforms

Lisa Schmidthuber, Dennis Hilgers, Krithika Randhawa

Publication: Scientific journalJournal articlepeer-review


Government organizations increasingly use crowdsourcing platforms to interact with citizens and integrate their requests in designing and delivering public services. Drawing on attribution theory, this study asks how the causal attributions of the government response to a citizen request affect continued participation in crowdsourcing platforms. To test our hypothe-ses, we use a 7-year dataset of both online requests from citizens to government and govern-ment responses to citizen requests. We focus on citizen requests that are denied by govern-ment, and find that the reasoning for denying a request is related with continued participation behavior. Citizens are less willing to collaborate further with government via the platform, when their requests are denied although the locus of causality is with the government. This study contributes to research on the role of responsiveness in digital interaction between citi-zens and government and highlights the importance of rationale transparency to sustain citizen participation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)960-977
JournalPublic Administration
Issue number4
Early online dateNov 2021
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


  • citizen participation
  • digitalization
  • online platform
  • open government
  • open innovation

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