Digital Public Administration and E-Government in Developing Nations: Policy and Practice

Digital Public Administration and E-Government in Developing Nations: Policy and Practice

Edward Francis Halpin (Leeds Metropolitan University, UK), David Griffin (Leeds Metropolitan University, UK), Carolynn Rankin (Leeds Metropolitan University, UK), Lakshman Dissanayake (University of Colombo, Sri Lanka) and Nazmunnessa Mahtab (University of Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Release Date: March, 2013|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 364
ISBN13: 9781466636910|ISBN10: 1466636912|EISBN13: 9781466636927|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3691-0

Description

In recent years, it has become apparent that there are very distinct gaps between developed and developing regions in the world, especially in regards to e-government systems, infrastructures, and processes.

Digital Public Administration and E-Government in Developing Nations: Policy and Practice examines e-government from the perspective of developing nations and addresses issues and concerns of developing systems and processes. This publication is a valuable and insightful tool for researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and students in different fields who are interested in information systems, public policies, politics, and media and communication studies.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Digital Divide
  • E-Democracy
  • E-Government Impacts
  • E-Government Strategy and Policy
  • Global Information Technology
  • Public-Private Partnerships

Reviews and Testimonials

Combining scholarly research with practitioner case studies, contributors in information science, communications, and other social sciences examine electronic government from the perspective of the developing regions of the world, and explore issues of electronic government policy and practices in these regions. Among the topics are political and cultural issues in digital public administration, gamification and its potential application to public services, using social network sites to market electronic government to citizens, electronic government preparedness of public bureaucracy in Bangladesh, and the rural-urban digital divide in Romania.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Edward Francis Halpin is a Professor in Social and Human Rights Informatics and co-chair of the Digital Research Centre at Leeds Metropolitan University. He has a background in politics, community development, peace, human rights, e-Government/e-Governance, and social informatics/information management. For his PhD, he studied the use and application of information and information technology for human/child rights, and he has an MA in Public Policy. He worked as an expert for the European Parliament Scientific and Technical Options (STOA) Unit, is an Associate Schumann Fellow, having researched at the European University in Florence, Member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Managers, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. Edward is Chair of the Geneva-based Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems International (HURIDOCS), an international NGO helping human rights organisations use information technologies and documentation methods to maximise the impact of their advocacy work.
David Griffin is a senior lecturer in Information Systems at Leeds Metropolitan University. His research interests include e-government, social innovation, and youth participation. Before becoming an academic, he spent 20 years working in local government IT as a project manager and a chief business analyst. He is a member of the editorial board of the Electronic Journal of e-Government.
Carolynn Rankin is currently a Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Arts, Environment, and Technology at Leeds Metropolitan University. Carolynn worked as an information management specialist for 20 years before moving into professional education in 2000. At Leeds Metropolitan University, she was Postgraduate Course Leader in the School of Information Management and in the School of Applied Global Ethics. Carolynn has interdisciplinary research interests, exploring the connections between civil society, social justice, and access to literacy and learning via libraries. Her current research projects include a longitudinal evaluation of the development of the Sister Libraries programme for the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). Carolynn’s professional activities include the role of External Examiner for the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) Professional Registration Board, and Assessor for CILIP Accreditation for Learning Providers. She is a member of the IFLA Standing Committee Library Theory and Research Section. Carolynn has co-authored and edited many publications. Her book titles include Library Services from Birth to Five: Delivering the Best Start and Library Services for Children and Young People: Challenges and Opportunities in the Digital Age, both published by Facet; Professionalism in the Interdisciplinary Early Years Team published by Continuum; and Communication, Language, and Literacy from Birth to Five published by Sage.
Lakshman Dissanayake received his Bachelors’ Degree in Development Studies from the University of Colombo, obtaining First Class Honours in 1977. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Population Studies from the University of Colombo, Masters Degree in Demography from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and PhD from the University of Adelaide. Lakshman Dissanayake is Senior Professor in the Department of Demography, University of Colombo. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Leeds Metropolitan University in United Kingdom. He is also an Adjunct member of the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre, The University of Adelaide in Australia. He was the former Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, founder Director of the Colombo University Community Extension Centre, former Rector of the Sri Palee Campus of the University of Colombo. In the above capacities, he served as a member of the Senate and the Governing Council of the University of Colombo. Lakshman Dissanayake’s expertise includes regional demography, regional development planning, health demography, and post-disaster reconstruction. He has published books, book chapters, and numerous research articles in local and internationally reputed journals.
Nazmunnessa Mahtab is Professor in the Department of Women and Gender Studies, University of Dhaka. She is also one of the founding members involved in the establishment of the Department. She had been a teacher in the Department of Public Administration, University of Dhaka since 1972. After graduating from the University of Dhaka, she pursued a Master’s Degree in Politics, with specialization in Public Administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), University of London, in 1975. She completed her PhD from the University of Delhi, India in 1982. She also did her Postdoctoral Research as a Senior Fulbright Scholar from George Washington University, Washington D.C. in 1989. Dr. Mahtab served as the Chairperson of the Department of Public Administration from 1986-1989 and Chairperson of the Department of Women and Gender Studies from 2003-2006. She has been working on women’s issues and concerns for more than three decades, and has conducted many research works on diverse aspects of women’s lives. Her areas of specialization include: Women and Poverty, Gender, and Development; Violence Against Women; CEDAW and Women’s Rights; Gender and Governance; Women in Public Policy; and Leadership and Empowerment of Women. She is associated with many women’s organizations, both at home and abroad. Dr. Mahtab possesses the experience and expertise of working as a Gender Consultant with the Government as well as with many international agencies, such as the UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, ILO, WHO, USAID. She has worked with many NGOs assisting them in developing a Gender Policy for their respective organizations. Dr. Mahtab also participated in gender training programs first as a trainee and later on as a trainer. She has participated in national and international seminars and conferences both at home and abroad and has written extensively on women’s issues and problems. She has published three books: Women in Bangladesh: From Inequality to Empowerment (2007); Introduction to Women and Gender Studies: Selected Texts on Issues and Concepts (2011);Women, Gender, and Development: Contemporary Issues (2012).

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