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Institutions (Also) Matter in E-Government: The Case of Bolivia

Institutions (Also) Matter in E-Government: The Case of Bolivia
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Author(s): Mila Gascó (International Institute on Governance of Catalonia, Spain)
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 2
Source title: Managing Worldwide Operations and Communications with Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-929-8.ch295
ISBN13: 9781599049298
EISBN13: 9781466665378


Several authors have already reported that a limited human and technological infrastructure has a decisive impact on how a country performs in terms of e-government. Bolivia is not an exception. But this cause-effect view is, from my perspective, too narrow. In the (mostly qualitative) research I am conducting I would like to make evident the existence of other more structural factors that also influence e-government accomplishment. In order to do so, so far, I have analyzed the more outstanding e-government projects that have been carried out in Bolivia. This has proved that, despite the results shown in the reports previously cited, Bolivia is striving to move towards the inclusion of ICTs in the public sphere. Next, and a as a consequence of the perceived poor performance already stated, I am exploring other (institutional) factors, besides ICTs penetration level and illiteracy, that I believe have to be considered to understand why the country is not being successful in its efforts. I believe that my findings will help Bolivian and other developing countries’ politicians and e-government officials to take into account what might lie ahead for a country to make progress in terms of e-government.

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