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E-Government Books
Author: Francis Raven, A Sense Of Place Network | September 8th, 2005
Communities: E-Government for All

There are many excellent Internet resources dedicated to e-government, but there is some information and theoretical background only available through books. We cannot forget the importance of actual books in the information age. Below is an annotated list of some of the many fine books published on the topic of e-government. Many of the authors' names will be familiar to those in the DDN community. In addition, links are provided to enable the purchase of these fascinating books from Powell’s, an independent bookstore.

Fountain, Jane E. Building the Virtual State: Information Technology and Institutional Change. Washington D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2001, 256 pp., $18.95 paper.

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Building the Virtual State explains how the American public sector must evolve and adapt to exploit the possibilities of digital governance fully and fairly, overcoming the entrenched organizational and political divisions within the state in order to remake it for the Information Age.

Curtain, Gregory G., ed. The World of E-Government. Haworth Press, 2004, 288 pp., $24.95 cloth.

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The World of E-Government investigates how electronic communication is helping to revolutionize democracies across the globe. Using case studies, cutting-edge research, and commentary from some of the field’s foremost researchers, practitioners, and industry leaders, this first-of-its-kind volume explores the enormous future potential of e-government as it links all world citizens locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

This pioneering text offers the experiences of many leading countries using electronic government, showing you what mistakes they made, the benefits they’ve reaped, and the impact of e-government to democracy, traditional government, and international commerce. Contributors to this timely book include some of the world’s leading practitioners in e-government—people who were actually involved in establishing and shaping the experiences of countries now ranked as leaders in e-government projects. These authorities reveal how their countries successfully implemented e-strategies to directly benefit their citizens.

Kamarck, Elaine Ciulla and Joseph S. Nye Jr., eds. Governance.Com: Democracy in the Information Age. Washington D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2002, 224 pp., $19.95 paper.

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This volume explores the ways in which the information revolution is changing our institutions of governance by decentralizing power and fostering new communities.





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