This book traces the development of e-government and its applications across Europe, exploring the effects of information and communication technology (ICTs) upon political action and processes.
Explores a range of concepts and topics underpinning e-government in Europe:
- the degree to which e-government translates into genuine reform of government and public administration
- the dual role of the EU as both a provider of e-government through its own internal activities and also as a facilitator or aggregator in the way it seeks to engender change and promote its ethos in member states across the EU
- cyberterrorism and its use both by terrorists and governments to pursue political agendas.
Featuring in-depth case studies on the progress of e-government in the UK, France, Germany, Denmark, The Netherlands, Portugal, Greece, Slovenia, Hungary, and Estonia. These case studies address the above issues, whilst at the same time highlighting commonality and diversity in practice and the paradox between top-down strategies and the effort to engage wider civil participation via e-government.
e-Government in Europe will be of interest to students and scholars of public policy, politics, media and communication studies, computing and information and communications technologies and European studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. E-Government and Democratic Politics 2. Ctrl, Alt, Delete: Re-booting the European Union via E-government 3. E-Government under Construction: Challenging Traditional Conceptions of Citizenship 4. Danger Mouse? The Growing Threat of Cyberterrorism 5. E-Government and the United Kingdom 6. The Digital Republic: Renewing the French State via E-Government 7. E-government in Germany 8. Re-organizing Government using IT: The Danish Model 9. E-Government in the Netherlands: ‘From Strategy to Impact – The Pursuit for High Volume High Impact Citizens’ E-services in the Netherlands’ 10. The Reform and Modernization of Greek Public Administration via E-Government 11. ‘ALT-TAB’: From ICTs to Organizational Innovation in Portugal 12. Estonia: The Short Road to E-government and E-democracy 13. This Revolution will be Digitized! E-Government in Hungary 14. E-Government and Slovenia’s Multiple Transitions. Conclusions