Unlocking E-Government Potential: Concepts, Cases and Practical Insights provides a conceptual and empirical basis for understanding the potential of e-government and practical insights for implement-action of e-government at local, state or national level.

The author provides an overview of global experience in implementing e-government, explores the potential impact of e-government on cost of access, quality of service and quality of governance for citizens and businesses and analyzes the potential impact of e-government on transparency and corruption. Different stages in the life cycle of an e-government project with best practices in project conceptualization, design and implementation and specific focus on managing change is brought out in the book. It also provides practical guidelines for the creation of a country-level strategy and implementation plan and discusses a strategy for making e-government work for the poor.

The book also presents ten case studies of e-government applications covering the whole range-serving different types of clients; focusing on different purposes (improving service delivery, transparency, increasing tax revenue, controlling government expenditure); and built by different tiers of government. Cases explain the application context, new approaches embodied in the e-government application, challenges faced during implementation, benefits delivered and costs incurred. The book integrates the many different perspectives of discussing e-government-technical perspective, public administration perspective, economic perspective and managerial perspective.

E-Government: The Way Ahead

E-government: The way ahead

Governments around the world are embracing electronic government. In every region of the globe—from developing countries to industrialized ones—national and local governments are putting critical information online, automating once-cumbersome processes and interacting electronically with their citizens. This enthusiasm comes in part from a belief that technology can transform the government's often negative image. In many places citizens view their governments as bloated, wasteful and unresponsive to their most pressing needs. Mistrust of government is rife among the public and businesses. Civil servants are often perceived to be inefficient and corrupt. The spread of ICT brings hope that governments can transform. And, indeed, reform-minded officials everywhere are using technology to improve their governments.

Many countries have realized that the approach ...

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