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Barriers to Networked Governments: Evidence from Europe


  • Rebecca Eynon
  • William H. Dutton


Progress towards realizing the full potential of 'e-government'—using digital technologies to improve public services and government-citizen engagements—has been slower and less effective than the technologies' take-up in spheres such as e-commerce. Evidence from across Europe reported here, including an online survey and case studies, indicates a significant reason has been an overly narrow focus on substituting electronic for traditional services. Theoretical and empirical perspectives on barriers to e-government identified (e.g. poor coordination; workplace and organizational inflexibility) suggest greater attention should be given to supporting organization innovations to achieve maximum benefits from networking in the public sector.

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  • Rebecca Eynon & William H. Dutton, 2007. "Barriers to Networked Governments: Evidence from Europe," Prometheus, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 25(3), pages 225-242.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:promet:v:25:y:2007:i:3:p:225-242 DOI: 10.1080/08109020701531361

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