Governance and Information Technology: From Electronic Government to Information Government

Governance and Information Technology: From Electronic Government to Information Government

by Mayer-Schönberger, David Lazer
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Governance and Information Technology: From Electronic Government to Information Government

Experts discuss moving beyond the notion of electronic government and its focus on technology and efficiency to a broader concept of "information government" that incorporates the role of information flows within government, between government and citizens, and among citizens themselves.

Developments in information and communication technology and networked computing over the past two decades have given rise to the notion of electronic government, most commonly used to refer to the delivery of public services over the Internet. This volume argues for a shift from the narrow focus of "electronic government" on technology and transactions to the broader perspective of information government—the information flows within the public sector, between the public sector and citizens, and among citizens—as a way to understand the changing nature of governing and governance in an information society. The chapters discuss the interplay between recent technological developments and evolving information flows, and the implications of different information flows for efficiency, political mobilization, and democratic accountability. The chapters are accompanied by short case studies from around the world, which cover such topics as electronic government efforts in Singapore and Switzerland, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency's effort to solicit input on planned regulations over the Internet, and online activism "cyberprotesting" globalization.

Contributors: Robert D. Behn, Maria Christina Binz-Scharf, Herbert Burkert, Lorenzo Cantoni, Cary Coglianese, Martin J. Eppler, Jane E. Fountain, Monique Girard, Åke Grönlund, Matthew Hindman, Edwin Lau, David Lazer, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Ines Mergel, Gopal Raman, David Stark, Sandor Vegh, Darrell M. West Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is Associate Professor of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and chairs the Rueschlikon Conferences on Information Policy. David Lazer is Associate Professor of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and Director and founder of the Program on Networked Governance at Harvard University. He is the editor of DNA and the Criminal Justice System: The Technology of Justice (MIT Press, 2004).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262633499
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 09/30/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 830,008
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     xi
About the Contributors     xiii
From Electronic Government to Information Government   Viktor Mayer-Schonberger   David Lazer     1
Technological Change and Information Flows in Government     15
Global Perspectives on E-Government   Darrell M. West     17
Case Illustration: FirstGov: The Road to Success of the U.S. Governments Web Portal   Maria Christina Binz-Scharf     33
Electronic Government and the Drive for Growth and Equity   Edwin Lau     39
Case Illustration: "E-Government Is an Outcome": Michael Armstrong and the Transformation of Des Moines   Viktor Mayer-Schonberger   David Lazer     59
Challenges to Organizational Change: Multi-Level Integrated Information Structures (MIIS)   Jane E. Fountain     63
Case Illustration: From Computerization to Convergence: The Case of E-Government in Singapore   Ines Mergel     94
Case Illustration: Dubai's Electronic Government   Viktor Mayer-Schonberger   David Lazer     97
The Blurring of the Informational Boundary between State and Society     99
Weak Democracy, Strong Information: The Role of Information Technology in the Rulemaking Process   Gary Coglianese     101
CaseIllustration: The EPA EDOCKET System   Gopal Raman     123
Freedom of Information and Electronic Government   Herbert Burkert     125
Case Illustration: Protecting Privacy by Requesting Access: Marc Rotenberg and EPIC   Viktor Mayer-Schonberger   David Lazer     142
Socio-Technologies of Assembly: Sense Making and Demonstration in Rebuilding Lower Manhattan   Monique Girard   David Stark     145
Case Illustration: The Rise and Fall (?) of Participatory Electronic Information Infrastructures   Ake Gronlund     177
"Open-Source Politics" Reconsidered: Emerging Patterns in Online Political Participation   Matthew Hindman     183
Case Illustration: Cyberprotesting Globalization: A Case of Online Activism   Sander Vegh     208
Evaluating the Impact of Reengineering Information Flows     213
The Challenge of Evaluating M-Government, E-Government, and P-Government: What Should Be Compared with What?   Robert D. Behn     215
Case Illustration: The Swiss E-Government Barometer: Kuno Schedler Feels the Temperature of E-Government Services   Viktor Mayer-Schonberger   David Lazer     239
Information Quality in Electronic Government: Toward the Systematic Management of High-Quality Information in Electronic Government-to-Citizen Relationships    Martin J. Eppler     241
Case Illustration: Information Quality in Electronic Government Websites: An Example from Italy's Ministry for Public Administration   Lorenzo Cantoni     257
It Takes a Network to Build a Network   David Lazer   Maria Christina Binz-Scharf     261
Case Illustration: TeleCities: Sharing Knowledge among European Cities   Viktor Mayer-Schonberger   David Lazer     279
The Governing of Government Information   Viktor Mayer-Schonberger   David Lazer     281
Index     293

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