Governance and Information Technology: From Electronic Government to Information Government

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Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, David Lazer
MIT Press, 2007 - Computers - 314 pages
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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.

Contributors 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, Ake Gronlund, Matthew Hindman, Edwin Lau, David Lazer, Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, Ines Mergel, Gopal Raman, David Stark, Sandor Vegh, and Darrell M. West
  

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Contents

1 From Electronic Government to Information Government
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I Technological Change and Information Flows in Government
15
2 Global Perspectives on EGovernment
17
3 Electronic Government and the Drive for Growth and Equity
39
MultiLevel Integrated Information Structures MIIS
63
II The Blurring of the Informational Boundary between State and Society
99
The Role of Information Technology in the Rulemaking Process
101
6 Freedom of Information and Electronic Government
125
Emerging Patterns in Online Political Participation
183
III Evaluating the Impact of Reengineering Information Flows
213
What Should Be Compared with What?
215
Toward the Systematic Management of HighQuality Information in Electronic GovernmenttoCitizen Relationships
241
11 It Takes a Network to Build a Network
261
12 The Governing of Government Information
281
Index
293
Copyright

Sense Making and Demonstration in Rebuilding Lower Manhattan
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About the author (2007)

Viktor Mayer-Schonberger 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.

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