The Role of M-Government in Western China Development

The Role of M-Government in Western China Development

Jesper Schlæger (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61692-818-6.ch009
OnDemand PDF Download:
No Current Special Offers


This chapter explores the role of m-government in Western China development. Bureaucracy has been identified as a barrier for economic development in Western China. It is discussed how applications of m-government embedded in a larger reform agenda has reduced some of the growth stifling effects of bureaucracy. This chapter describes the content of ideas, institutions, and technologies of m-government to understand how fitting these levels has led to such an improvement in governance. Recommendations are made concerning continued emphasis on simple applications, rethinking government organisation, and increased discussion of the role of private service providers.
Chapter Preview

Digital Governance Model

In this section, we discuss how to understand the role of mobile ICT in processes of institutional change. The theoretical challenge is to capture the importance of ICT without claiming that application of a particular technology will lead to a particular outcome. This can be achieved by constructing a theory that focuses on how the interplay between ideas, institutions, and technologies shapes the opportunity structures for powerful actors. Below, such a theoretical model will be proposed. We take the point of departure in technologies.

Complete Chapter List

Search this Book: