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.

Guidelines for Designing a Countrywide Strategy for E-Government

Guidelines for designing a countrywide strategy for e-government

The Need for a Strategy and Implementation Plan

Different countries are at different stages of evolution of e-government (see Figure 1.1) and need strategies to move further along the path of evolution. Countries which are just starting to move towards e-government need strategies to initiate e-government. Other countries need strategies to scale up activities and work towards more integration across agencies. Chapter 2 reviewed the overall status of e-government in India. A few agencies in some states have built successful applications, but many of these projects had not been replicated in other states. By and large, the urban population was benefiting from such applications, but the rural areas remained uncovered. India ...

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