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

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199296194

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296194.001.0001

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Immigration: Technology Changes and Administrative Renewal

Immigration: Technology Changes and Administrative Renewal

(p.189) 8 Immigration: Technology Changes and Administrative Renewal
Digital Era Governance

Patrick Dunleavy

Helen Margetts

Simon Bastow

Jane Tinkler

Oxford University Press

Established early on in the evolution of the modern state, the immigration control function has until recently been a set of organizational procedures focused on the issuing and physical checking of paper passports and other documents. The advent of the Internet and new electronic means of documentation and identification have both had remarkable impacts on the field, however. Some advanced industrial countries (especially the United States and United Kingdom) have now moved to implement strikingly high-tech schemes of regulating immigration that are still being rolled out. They dramatically increase the role of information and communications technology in control processes. This chapter describes the changing administrative and managerial context for immigration control and some of the problems it poses for the demands placed on information technology in this policy area. It then looks at the changing IT contracting and e-government pictures for immigration control across the seven countries studied in this book.

Keywords:   immigration control, information technology, e-government, contracting, United Kingdom, United States

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