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From Government to E-Governance: Public Administration in the Digital Age

From Government to E-Governance: Public Administration in the Digital Age
Author(s)/Editor(s): Muhammad Muinul Islam (Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh) and Mohammad Ehsan (University of Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Copyright: ©2013
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1909-8
ISBN13: 9781466619098
ISBN10: 1466619090
EISBN13: 9781466619104


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In simple terms, e-governance revolves around the idea of performing the policy, service and development functions of the government with the help of the ICTs so as to manage and steer the multi-sectoral stakeholder relations on a non-hierarchical way.

Keeping this simple notion in mind, From Government to E-Governance: Public Administration in the Digital Age attempts to introduce innovative theoretical frameworks and fresh insights derived from the latest empirical research findings in the area of comparative e-governance. The impact that ICTs have in our society in general as well as on the nature, scope, understanding and practice of public administration in particular is immense. All the contributing authors in this volume, from different parts of the world, thus shed light on the way e-governance is operating as well as progressing, along with the challenges and constraints it still faces. Among many others, themes covered in the volume include citizens’ engagement, cross-governmental partnerships, IT product quality, and anti-corruption – all relating to e-governance. Researchers, academics, civil servants, policy advisers and students who seek a genuine understanding of the evolution of public administration in this era of digital or electronic governance should find this book a timely addition to the literature.

Reviews and Testimonials

Edited by professors in Bangladesh, this volume explores developments and challenges in the digital transformation of governance and public administration in different parts of the world. Seventeen contributions describe the transformative journey from e-government to e-governance, citizen engagement in non-hierarchic e-governance regimes, and business-IT alignment in cross-governmental partnerships. Four case studies report on e-government implementations in Brunei, Bangladesh, India, and Ghana. The final chapter from Athens University and the Greek Ministry of Finance reminds the reader that "deadlines are sometimes overrun and budgets exceeded." 

– Book News Inc. Portland, OR

Author's/Editor's Biography

Muhammad Islam
Muhammad Muinul Islam is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration, Jahangirnagar University. Prior to this, he worked for Asian University of Bangladesh and a non-profit organization. He graduated from University of Dhaka (BSS and MSS) and completed an MPA degree from Georgia State University under Fulbright scholarship. His research interests include, among others, e-governance, public budgeting and finance, public sector ethics and various other aspects of public policy and governance. He contributed encyclopedia entries, book chapters and articles in reputed journals. He was a co-editor of the book,Bangladesh: Politics, Public Administration and Governance published by VDM, Germany.

Mohammad Ehsan
Mohammad Ehsan is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has attained academic degrees from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh; University of Bergen, Norway; and Carleton University, Canada. He is scheduled to defend his doctoral dissertation at the Department of Political Science, Dalhousie University soon. He also taught at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh as well as at Dalhousie University, Canada. He has worked for the NGO sector and donor community in various capacities as well. So far, he has published three books, few book chapters, encyclopaedia entries, and several articles in refereed international journals. His current research interests include public sector management, public sector ethics and anti-corruption, policy and program evaluation, e-governance, and higher education. His primary research focus is on South and Southeast Asia. He has memberships in several academic and professional associations, and is the recipient of, among many others, NORAD Fellowship and IDRC Doctoral Research Award.


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