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The Significance of Law and Knowledge for Electronic Government

The Significance of Law and Knowledge for Electronic Government
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Author(s): Klaus Lenk (University of Oldenburg, Germany), Roland Traunmuller (Linz University, Austria) and Maria Wimmer (Linz University, Austria)
Copyright: 2002
Pages: 17
Source title: Electronic Government: Design, Applications and Management
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Åke Grönlund (Umeå University, Sweden)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-19-8.ch004

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Abstract

Governments at all levels--national, regional and local--are faced with growing demands to organize their work more efficiently and effectively. Moreover, a fundamental reassessment of their agendas has started world wide, which in many cases reduces the role which governments play in serving their societies. Government is considered as a cost factor in the first place, and it has to explicitly legitimize both its standing agenda and the take-up of new tasks. At the same time, it is recognized that public governance structures continue to be necessary to tackle many problems of an ever-changing world. Since newly emerging tasks will demand more and more attention, the existing governmental units are urged to accomplish their core business with only a part of the costs incurred at present.

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