Should E-government Be Transformational and Participatory? An Essay on E-government in the Utilitarian Mode of Information Technology Use
Hun Park ()
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Hun Park: International University of University, http://www.iuj.ac.jp/
No EMS_2014_13, Working Papers from Research Institute, International University of Japan
This paper asserts that e-government works, in principle, in the utilitarian mode of information technology use rather than solidary and participatory modes. E-government stakeholders visit government Web sites to pursue material incentives and rarely expect interactions and edemocracy there although senior/executive managers tout transformational and participatory egovernment symbolically and/or ostensibly for their political gain. The notion of transformational e-government is almost rhetoric and has a reversed causal relationship that egovernment reforms government. Government reflects or shapes e-government. Due to the administrative neutrality, e-democracy is not likely or its effect will not be significant. Participation in the policy processes will be plausible when motivated and qualified users and civil servants/managers are available. In general, e-government itself is not transformational and participatory, but rather instrumental to get utilitarian incentives.
Pages: 28 pages
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