Contemporary Ideas in the Framing of a European Policy for E-government
2013 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
The implementation of an EU-wide policy for e-government is emerging as a central reform in the transformation of national public administrations. As an increasingly important actor in the field, the European Commission thereby has the possibility to shape the role and content of European public administrations. This calls for the need to scrutinize the ideas and intent behind the EU e-government policy: what views on the role of public administration do these ideas convey? The analysis shows that e-government is increasingly being viewed as an issue of enhancing service production and effective output, rather than rule of law or democratic deliberation, that is, the process- or input-side of governments. This refinement of the policy field might prove problematic for wider processes of legitimacy building in the multi-functional and disperse public administrations of EU member states.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
EU, e-government, public e-services, ideas, legitimacy, public administration
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-98289OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-98289DiVA: diva2:654046