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Journal Issue
Volume 8 Issue 1 / Mar 2010  pp1‑82

Editor: Frank Bannister

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Usability of Government Websites in Uganda  pp1‑12

Edgar Napoleon Asiimwe, Nena Lim

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Harnessing e‑Government Adoption in the SADC Region: a Conceptual Underpinning  pp13‑22

Kelvin Joseph Bwalya, Mike Healy

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The Acceptance of the e‑Filing System by Malaysian Taxpayers: A Simplified Model  pp23‑32

Anna Che Azmi, Ng Lee Bee

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Digital Reporting Practices Among Malaysian Local Authorities  pp33‑44

Erlane Ghani, Jamaliah Said

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EU Legitimacy and new Forms of Citizen Engagement  pp45‑54

Andrew Power

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Factors Influencing Citizen Adoption of SMS‑Based e‑Government Services  pp55‑70

Tony Dwi Susantoand Robert Goodwin

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Building on Success: The Diffusion of e‑Government in the American States  pp71‑82

Hyun Jung Yun, Cynthia Opheim

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to determine what factors encourage the diffusion of Internet technology, or e‑government, in the American states. Different dimensions of digital technology are examined by investigating the spread of both e‑service and e‑democracy. A longitudinal mixed linear model is used to test the direct effects of states' political, economic, demographic, and ideological factors on the states' efforts to adopt Internet technology over the first seven years of the new millennium. The results indicate that the adoption of Internet technology is a cumulative process; a state's preexisting digitalization is continuously built on progress in expanding the governmental digital services and outreach. States whose leaders are engaged in professional networks are more likely to adopt e‑government. Institutionally powerful governors also encourage the adoption of on‑line technology. The study concludes that the spread of Internet technology in providing services and expanding outreach fits the explanatory analysis of noncontroversial policies that are diffused by a process of emulation. Executive power, leadership, and professional networks reinforce this pattern of emulation. 

 

Keywords: e-government, e-service, e-democracy, internet technology, emulation, leadership, professional networks

 

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