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Governing in the Information Age : Public Policy and Management - Christine Bellamy

Governing in the Information Age

Public Policy and Management

Paperback Published: 1st January 1998
ISBN: 9780335194506
Number Of Pages: 208

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This ground-breaking study provides a balanced investigation into the significance of the so-called 'information age' to contemporary government. It examines available perspectives on the relationship between information and communication technology and social change, and applies them to the organization and practice of governing and governance in the UK. In particular, it assesses current debates on the New Public Management, the reinvention of government, the new public consumerism and 'electronic democracy' in the light of these perspectives. It explores policy stances towards the 'information superhighway' andthe likely effects on future public services.The authors believe that the capabilities associated with information and communication technologies are of immense potential significance for government. At the same time, the authors adopt a critical stance towards the assumption that information-age technology will lead directly and quickly to dramatic or radical change. A key theme of the book, therefore, is the power of existing governmental institutions and traditions and how these shape and contain technologically-supported innovation. It is in developing this theme that the book makes its major theoretical contribution to public administration and management.

Prefacep. vi
Contexts for governing in the information agep. 1
Re-engineering the government machine: new technologies and organizational changep. 33
Forging high-tech public servicesp. 64
The search for renewal: citizenship and democracy in the information agep. 90
Wiring up for the information age: telecommunications and public servicesp. 119
Understanding the information policyp. 147
Glossary of acronymsp. 171
Electronic sources of information about governing in the information agep. 173
Referencesp. 176
Indexp. 191
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ISBN: 9780335194506
ISBN-10: 0335194508
Series: Public Policy and Management
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st January 1998
Publisher: Open University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.31