To centralise or decentralise? An e-government perspective

Cooper, Amy (2013) To centralise or decentralise? An e-government perspective. Melbourne Journal of Politics, 1 36: 1-17.

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Author Cooper, Amy
Title To centralise or decentralise? An e-government perspective
Journal name Melbourne Journal of Politics
ISSN 0085-3224
Publication date 2013-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 1
Issue 36
Start page 1
End page 17
Total pages 17
Place of publication Parkville, VIC, Australia
Publisher School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
OECD research demonstrates that many countries implementing e-government opt to structure virtual administrations differendy to their traditional bureaucracies. A government switching between administration styles makes evident the still unresolved debate as to the optimum form of administration to achieve successful outcomes. Federalism is based on dividing power across regions that tailor outcomes specific to their native population. In contrast, centralisation theory considers concentrated power to axiomatically ensure the best and most efficient results. To investigate whether either theory holds in the virtual arena, a web analysis was performed on one country each from the OECD's three e-government administration styles-decentralised, balanced and centralised-to determine which produced the best quality outcomes. Results demonstrate that centralisation theory, having long promised better outcomes with less public expenditure, does not hold in the virtual arena.
Keyword Public administration
eGovernment administration
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Thu, 23 Jan 2014, 15:08:31 EST by Mrs Amy Elizabeth Cooper on behalf of UQ Business School