ELECTRONIC GOVERNANCE-Abridged Definitive Conceptual Framewo

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1 ELECTRONIC GOVERNANCE: Abridged Definitive Conceptual Framework Rogers W’O Okot-Uma Commonwealth Secretariat London [email protected] ABSTRACT An abridged definitive conceptual framework is presented for Electronic Governance (eGovernance). The framework relies on the time-proven principle of introducing a concept by progressing from the ‘known’ to the ‘unknown’. The framework accordingly avoids progression from the axiomatic but takes cognisance for the need to derive the definition of Electronic Governance from the more well-known concept of Good Governance that predates it. The concept is a paraphrased excerpt from a forthcoming Commonwealth Secretariat publication with the working title: Electronic Governance: The Definitive Conceptual Framework . The framework is informed by the author’s ‘groundbreaking’ conceptual article Electronic Governance: Re-Inventing Good Governance , currently available, discussed and/or listed in many organisational websites worldwide 1 , initially published in early 2000, and which has since spurred debates in the academia and various communities of practice worldwide. eGovernance is presented as a natural progression from Good Governance and as inclusive of Electronic Democracy (eDemocracy), Electronic Government (eGovernment) and Government Electronic Business (eBusiness). 1 Good Governance and the Processes and Structures of Socio- Economic Relationships Good Governance is a concept that has recently come into regular use in political science, public administration and development management. 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. There continues to exist, however, some discretionary space left by the lack of a unique, well-defined scope for what Good Governance encompasses. This allows users to choose and set their own parameters. Whatever definitional format Good Governance may assume, however, there is general consensus amongst practitioners that Good Governance should, among other things, be participatory, transparent and accountable in characteristic. In conformity with these three attributes, the following definition is advanced for Good Governance: Good Governance may be defined as comprising the processes and structures that guide political and socio-economic relationships, with particular reference to “commitment to democratic values, norms & practices; trusted services; and to just and honest business” . 1
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