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ELECTRONIC GOVERNANCE: Re-inventing Good Governance Rogers W’O Okot-Uma Commonwealth Secretariat London



This article examines the significance of the emergence of Electronic Governance (eGovernance) as a mode of practice in the re-invention of Good Governance. It presents eGovernance as inclusive of Electronic Democracy (eDemocracy), Electronic Government (eGovernment) and Electronic Business (eBusiness), examines the nature and scope of developments in this emerging field and provides a wealth of examples to illustrate essential, embedded concepts and modes of practice. The article introduces the Commonwealth Centre for Electronic Governance (CCfEG) as a special focus centre, to date the only one of its kind in the Commonwealth and beyond, poised to be the organization of choice in moving Commonwealth member countries forward in the use of the new information and communication technologies as a tool for re-inventing Good Governance. 1 Conceptualising Good Governance Good Governance is a concept that has recently come into regular use in political science, public administration and, more particularly, development management. It appears alongside such concepts and terms as democracy, civil society, popular participation, human rights and social and sustainable development. In the last decade, it has been closely associated with public sector reform. The Commonwealth has shown its commitment to good governance through declarations made by Heads of State at their biennial meetings. The Bretton Woods Systems and the Development Agencies have shown their commitment through re-defining their roles and responsibilities in global governance

Year: 2011
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