Strategy, Competition and Investment: Explaining the Global Divide in E-Government Implementation with Policy Variables
Electronic Government, An International Journal, Vol. 8, Nos. 2/3, pp. 124-143, 2011
20 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2011
Date Written: April 8, 2011
The rapid development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) has created an environment for citizens to have greater access to their government and to make citizen-to-government contact more inclusive. Previous research does not examine the impact of national public policy initiatives that expand and improve e-government services. This study examines the global divide in e-government implementation by analysing the impact of national policies on the United Nations’ Web Measure Index in 174 countries. A multiple regression analysis shows that e-governance is more extensive in countries that have a regulatory authority for telecommunications, encourage competition in their telecommunication industries and invest more financially in the development of ICTs.
Keywords: e-governance, e-government, financial investment, global information society, national strategy and policy, political freedom, telecommunications competition, telecommunications regulation, web measure index
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