E-Government and Multi-Level Governance: A Comparative Examination of Catalonia, Spain, and Ontario, Canada

E-Government and Multi-Level Governance: A Comparative Examination of Catalonia, Spain, and Ontario, Canada

Mila Gascó (International Institute on Governance of Catalonia, Spain) and Jeffrey Roy (Dalhousie University, Canada)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 19
DOI: 10.4018/jegr.2006100104
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Abstract

E-government is entering its second decade as a widely-embraced agenda for public sector reform. There are often distinctions made between e-government as administrative reform and e-governance as democratic reform, although there is invariable overlap between both spheres. In this context, the purpose of this paper is to undertake an examination of the impacts of e-government on both administration and democracy in a multi-level governance environment. In doing so, we will provide a comparative assessment of two sub-national jurisdictions known for investing aggressively in e-government in recent years: Catalonia, Spain, and Ontario, Canada. This investigation will thus seek to identify the manner by which the pursuit of e-government by a state and a province is intertwined with – or separate from federalist structures.

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