The Significance of Law and Knowledge for Electronic Government

The Significance of Law and Knowledge for Electronic Government

Klaus Lenk (University of Oldenburg, Germany), Roland Traunmuller (Linz University, Austria) and Maria Wimmer (Linz University, Austria)
Copyright: © 2002 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-19-8.ch004
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Governments at all levels--national, regional and local--are faced with growing demands to organize their work more efficiently and effectively. Moreover, a fundamental reassessment of their agendas has started world wide, which in many cases reduces the role which governments play in serving their societies. Government is considered as a cost factor in the first place, and it has to explicitly legitimize both its standing agenda and the take-up of new tasks. At the same time, it is recognized that public governance structures continue to be necessary to tackle many problems of an ever-changing world. Since newly emerging tasks will demand more and more attention, the existing governmental units are urged to accomplish their core business with only a part of the costs incurred at present.

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