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E-Government as Institutional Transformation

E-Government as Institutional Transformation
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Author(s): Albert Jacob Meijer (Utrecht School of Governance, The Netherlands) and Stavros Zouridis (University of Tilburg, The Netherlands)
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 4
Source title: Innovations Through Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-261-9.ch145
ISBN13: 9781616921255
EISBN13: 9781466665347


Throughout the world, e-government has become a key element of modernization and government reform programs. E-government has put a spell on public administration from Singapore to Uruguay and from the United States to Hong Kong. This worldwide movement is interesting from the perspective of information science and public administration science. For example, an interesting aspect of the worldwide e-government movement is the remarkable similarity between the e-government programs. On the surface, e-government initiatives appear to be somewhat similar throughout the world. Governments have redesigned their social security organizations, tax departments and education agencies to be able to put informational and transactional services on the world-wide web. Of course, different nations work at a different pace towards this goal and some countries are far ahead (like Singapore, Hong Kong and Korea) while others lag behind. But still the similarity between the programs and the direction in which e-government evolves is striking. E-government consultants and specialists tell us that it is only a matter of time before every government has made the transition to e-government.

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