Assessing Local Readiness for City E-Governance in Europe

Assessing Local Readiness for City E-Governance in Europe

Krassimira Paskaleva (Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis, Germany and University of Manchester, UK)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 20
DOI: 10.4018/jegr.2008100102


This article shares experience on aspects related to the methodology and modeling of a framework of City E-Governance Readiness. We discuss Europe’s progress in this domain using an “e-readiness” assessment methodology: the Integrated City E-Governance Policy Model of the IntelCities Research Project (2004- 2007). Practices and trends in 12 European cities are analyzed, drawing on the results of a comprehensive digital city governance survey. A set of propositions are explored about the future of city e-governance. This article suggests that urban governments need to refine their most relevant definition of “e-governance readiness” and the underlying goals and assumptions which shape e-governance outcomes. Cities also need to adapt their approaches strategically and in the light of the increasing demand for “good governance” in an increasingly complex and networked urban knowledge society.

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