This second edition of the prescient and influential work first published in 2001 includes updated texts of several chapters from the earlier edition as well as various chapters, among them a number of country reports written for the e-government session of the of the 17th World Congress of Comparative Law. In addition to visions of the concept of electronic government, it provides examples of already active electronic governance by including various chapters on developments in the United States (both federal and state), the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Italy, Denmark, and the Netherlands. It draws valuable lessons (cross-national, between policy sectors and across administrations) from the design of electronic government and from evaluations of electronic government in practice.
Aspects of e-government covered in the second edition include the following:
- government initiatives such as e-publication, online filing (including e-procurement and courts e-filing );
- e-democracy features such as e-voting, e-participation, e-consultation and e-petitioning;
- benefits of government use of such expanding technologies as global positioning systems, smartcards, and biometrics; and
- benefits to citizens services such as social security and services in the health care sector;
- applications to the judicial system and law enforcement;
- differences between developments and policy initiatives in various countries
- obstacles and dilemmas touching upon security, surveillance, identity fraud, liability, intellectual property, free access, national security, equality, and privacy.
Especially in its close attention to the interaction between legal, practical, public administration and ethical obstacles and dilemmas, Designing E- Government, Second Edition is of enormous value to practitioners, officials, and policymakers concerned with the legal implications related to the design and implementation of e-government, and with the present and future challenges of this endeavour.
1. Electronic Government: Variations on a Concept Corien Prins 2. Broadening the Concept of Electronic Government Klaus Lenk, Roland Traunmüller 3. Voluntary Organisations in the Democratic Polity: Examining Web-enabled ‘Public Spaces’ Dr. Eleanor Burt, Professor John Taylor 4. Contextual issues surrounding portable and interactive technologies within the contemporary and future environment of e-government and informatisation Dr. Christopher Theunissen 5. e-Government in the United States John C. Reitz 6. Electronic Government in the US: a CITIZEN-Centric Approach? Koen Zweers 7. The Development of Canadian Law with respect to E-government Pierre Trudel 8. e-Governance in the United Kingdom Burkhard Schafer 9. e-Government in Germany Dr. Thomas Fetzer 10. The Italian e-government experience: setting up the ICT infrastructure and regulating central and local action Silvio Salza 11. e-Government in Denmark Peter Blume, Hans Christian Spies 12. The status of e-government in the Netherlands Simone van der Hof 13. National Perspectives on e-government and Required Regulatory Change Corien Prins