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Where do the Nordic nations Strategies Take e‑Government ?  pp3-17

Shaji Joseph, Anders Avdic

© Jun 2016 Volume 14 Issue 1, Editor: Frank Bannister, pp1 - 134

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Abstract: 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 r easons 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. Th e 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 respons e 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 implica tions: 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 th e actual foci of a countrys e‑Government policy.


Keywords: Keywords: 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 strategi es, Nordic e-Government policies


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