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Where do e-Government strategies take the Nordic nations?
Örebro universitet.
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Information Systems.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2110-0943
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
Abstract [en]

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.
Keyword [en]
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
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Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Complex Systems – Microdata Analysis
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-20445OAI: diva2:885061
Available from: 2015-12-18 Created: 2015-12-18 Last updated: 2016-07-15Bibliographically approved

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