Rethinking e-Government research: the ‘ideology-artefact complex’.

Davenport, Elisabeth and Horton, Keith (2006) Rethinking e-Government research: the ‘ideology-artefact complex’. In: Project E-Society: Building Bricks: 6TH IFIP International Conference on e-Commerce, e-Business, and e-Government. IFIP International Federation for Information Processing, 226 . Springer, Boston, pp. 380-391. ISBN 978-0-387-39226-4

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The authors present a framework for e-government research that draws heavily on Iacono and Kling’s work on computerization movements. They build on this work by appropriating cognate studies of organizational informatics by Kling and his colleagues, and socio-technical research in the UK. From this blend, they derive a construct, the ‘ideology-artefact complex’. Using empirical work (including recent case studies of their own), they indicate how this may inform e-government research. They discuss ways in which the construct may act as a bridge between two traditions of UK/European social informatics and US socio-technical research. They discuss a potential research agenda for computerization movements in e-government that focuses on three main problem areas: macro level social order, counter-movements and material realisation.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 978-0-387-39226-4
Electronic ISBN: 978-0-387-39229-5
Additional Information: The authors wish to acknowledge help with sources from Angus Whyte and Nick Adams of the International Teledemocracy Centre, Napier University, Edinburgh, and Alice Robbin of the Centre for Social Informatics and the School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the CRITO Social Informatics Workshop, UC Irvine, USA, March 2005
Uncontrolled Keywords: e-government; research; computerization movements; organizational informatics; socio-technical research; 'ideology-artefact complex';
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 004 Data processing & computer science
300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Item ID: 3453
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2010 10:44
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 10:53

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