#FuturGov Scenario 4

Over-Regulatocracy

Imagine…

the government is engaged for the wellbeing of individuals and economy but processes became so complicated that even public benefits are hard to claim for?

 

Leading digital platforms have been nationalized and put under control of the democratic government. Social security is good, but difficult to get. Similarly, human rights are important but difficult to be obtained. Citizens are relatively well informed, but tied with bureaucracy. There is a constant criticism on how the political institutions work and on their overregulation of everything, which prevents citizens from participating in political and social life. Trust in political institutions and media as well as the level of engagement is rather low.

Key drivers of the scenario

  • Rising critique on the influence of oligopolistic global digital companies
  • Raising societal challenges leading to the need for strong socially protective policies
  • Needs for justification of public spending and accountability – raising bureaucratic hurdles