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Digital Era Governance: IT Corporations, the State, and e-Government

Patrick Dunleavy, Helen Margetts, Simon Bastow, and Jane Tinkler


Government information systems are big business (costing over 1% of GDP a year). They are critical to all aspects of public policy and governmental operations. Governments spend billions on them — for instance, the United Kingdom alone commits £14 billion a year to public sector information technology (IT) operations. Yet governments do not generally develop or run their own systems, instead relying on private sector computer services providers to run large, long-run contracts to provide IT. Some of the biggest companies in the world (IBM, EDS, Lockheed Martin, etc.) have made this a core mark ... More

Keywords: information technology, government information systems, private sector, IBM, EDS, Lockheed Martin, United States, Canada, Netherlands, United Kingdom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199296194
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296194.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick Dunleavy, author
Professor, Department of Government, London School of Economics and Political Science
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Helen Margetts, author
Professor, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
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Simon Bastow, author
Senior Research Fellow, LSE Public Policy Group, London School of Economics and Political Science