Innovation in a regulated environment?: Legal barriers for e-government development
2009 (English)In: International journal of public information systems, ISSN 1653-4360, Vol. 2009, no 2, 77-95 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper explores the contrast between 1) the rhetoric and visions in Swedish national e-government policy and 2) practical problems in real e-government development. In this respect it particularly explores the possibilities and obstacles for an innovative e-government development in relation to the highly regulated environment of public administration. The paper uses a case study on e-government development (allowances for personal assistance to disabled persons) for analysis and illustration. Different kinds of regulations are investigated (general administrative regulations, domain-specific regulations, e-government policies) and their roles as barriers and enablers are identified. The value balancing between different sets of regulations is seen as a key issue with regards to how to establish an e-government with a high degree of process innovation. The paper advocates for a value balancing process characterized as a systemic approach with identifying and prioritizing basic values. Value balancing is investigated through a socio-pragmatic framework on institutions and interpreted as a kind of meta-institutional activity.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 2009, no 2, 77-95 p.
e-government, laws, regulations, innovation, institution
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-63225OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-63225DiVA: diva2:377115