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.

Impact of E-Government on Transparency and Corruption

Impact of e-government on transparency and corruption

E-government has been used by a number of public agencies as an enabling tool that can help achieve broader goals of improving governance. Some governments are beginning to link their public sector reform initiatives that pursue both social and economic goals with e-government strategies. E-government cannot be considered a magic bullet that can solve governance problems. When accompanied by the right mix of complementary initiatives in governance reform and tailored to specific institutional contexts, e-government applications have demonstrated meaningful impact on the governance and public sector reform goals given in Table 4.1.

Table 4.1: Goals of public sector reform through e-governance
Governance reform goalsMeasure of achievement of goals
Increasing transparency
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