Where do e-Government strategies take the Nordic nations?
2016 (English)In: Electronic Journal of e-Government, ISSN 1479-439X, E-ISSN 1479-439X, Vol. 14, no 1, 2-16 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
An effective strategy is critical for the successful development of e-Government. The leading nations in the e-Government rankings include Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. Their leading role makes them interesting to study when looking for reasons to successful e-Government. The purpose of this research paper is to describe the e-Government development strategies of Nordic countries, which rank highly on the international stage. In particular it aims to study the foci of these strategies. The approach is a document study of the e-Government development strategies of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland was carried out using a qualitative content analysis inductive method. The results show that the major focus of Nordic e-Government strategies is on public sector reforms. Other focus areas include economic reforms and, to a lesser extent, e-Democracy efforts. Sweden, Finland and Norway have set ambitious policy goals in order to achieve global leadership in e-Government development. In response to the question posed by this paper’s title, we can say that Nordic e-Government strategies, except for Norway, focus more on reforming public sector services than on economic reforms. E-Democracy reforms are hardly focused on at all.
Practical implications: Public sector policy makers can relate their policy foci to some of the more successful e-Government countries in the world. Research implications/originality is that this paper can apart from the findings also provide a means on how to identify the actual foci of a country’s e-Government policy.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 14, no 1, 2-16 p.
e-Government policies document study, e-Government strategy document study, Nordic e-Government policy analysis, e-government strategy analysis, Nordic e-Government policy study, Scandinavian e-Government strategies, Nordic e-Government strategies, Nordic e-Government policies
Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject Complex Systems – Microdata Analysis
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:du-20445OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-20445DiVA: diva2:885061