Volume 3 Issue 1 / Jul 2005 pp1‑58
The Contribution of Sociotechnical Systems Thinking to the Effective Adoption of e‑Government and the Enhancement of Democracy pp1‑12
This paper reports a study which reviewed the literature and explored the approaches adopted by a small sample of local government bodies engaged in implementing e‑Government. The findings suggest that the e‑Government implementation process underway in the UK does not embody the principles of widening democracy and increasing social inclusion. The empirical data reveal limited citizen engagement the design, development or implementation process. The paper discusses the potential contribution to be made by adopting a sociotechnical systems approach in which citizens engage with IT professionals and informationservice providers to identify needs, to test options and to achieve shared goals of e‑Government.
This paper provides an initial exploration of the relationship between electronic service delivery and public accountability. Specifically, it investigates public accountability for the implementation of electronic local government. Based on empirical research with council officers and elected members, it proposes a initial evaluation framework for local e‑Government accountability. It examines the practice of e‑Government accountability using this framework.
Balanced Scorecard Based Management Information System — A Potential for Public Monitoring and Good Governance Advancement pp29‑38
The Coordination Center for Information Communication and Management Technologies, Information Services PLC and the State Administration Directorate at the Council of Ministers developed a pilot web‑based Management Information System using the Balanced Scorecard methodology. Authors share their experience gained during the implementation of MIS for Bulgarian e‑Government Strategy. MIS provides monitoring of 42 key indicators in 17 ministries. It is designed to be extended to cover the modernization of the state administration.
Keywords: e-Government, Balanced Scorecard, Good Governance, Strategy, Modernization, Public Administration
As a solution to declining political and civic participation, many governments are seeking to increase the number of citizens who participate in policy‑making and governance. Contrary to early expectations, recent research suggests that new information and communications technologies (ICTs) may not increase participation rates in formal organisations, and so may not improve participation rates. The Mobhaile project in Ireland is an example of a local government initiative which combines service provision ('e‑government') functions and facilities for voluntary, community and business organisations that enhance social capital in local communities, while also enabling civic participation functions ('e‑ governance'), in a single web‑based geographical interface. Such projects enable citizens to access government services and encourages them, as part of this process, to also participate in local activities that build social capital in the community. The resulting mix can be an effective basis for greater political and civic participation.
Impacts of Internet use on Public Administration: A Case Study of the Brazilian Tax Administration pp49‑58
This paper seeks to identify the effects of Internet used as a vehicle for sending federal tax returns through the RECEITANET program. The benefits that came out from security and costs reduction in the process of delivering tax returns are identified, as well as the impacts on Tax Administration (TA) and on the Treasury‑Taxpayer relationship.
Keywords: E-Government, G2C-Government to Citizen service, E-public service, IT application in Tax Administration, Transmitting Tax returns via Internet, Treasury-Taxpayer relationship, IT Evaluation