E-State: Realistic or Utopian?

Aham-Anyanwu, Nnanyelugo and Li, Honglei (2017) E-State: Realistic or Utopian? International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age, 4 (2). pp. 56-76. ISSN 2334-4520

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/IJPADA.2017040105


Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is known to facilitate governance and citizen participation in States' decision making processes. However, e-governance researchers have argued that beyond the current use of ICT to facilitate already existing means of governance lays the possibility of its use to fundamentally revolutionise public administration. There is the ideation and aspiration for ICT-based States (E-states) which exist without governments, and whose citizens can self-organise and self-govern without the need for institutions. This is a conceptual paper which discusses the viability and prospects of this aspiration. The study reviews literature in the areas of politics, public administration and Information Technology in the context of governance and public administration. This study ultimately argues that the possibility of establishing an E-state will be dependent on changing existing political ideologies and systems of governance to anarchism. As it is, ICT cannot be a substitute for governments and certain governmental institutions but can only help them.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: E-state, e-government, self-organising citizens, self-governing citizens, anarchism, political ideology, functions of government, essence of government
Subjects: G500 Information Systems
L200 Politics
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2018 16:31
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 13:05
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/36449

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