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Chapter 7: E-government and corruption: a review
The focus of this chapter is electronic government, or e-government, the use of the internet by states around the world. E-government has been celebrated as a panacea to control corruption by improving transparency and making it easier for citizens to report public malfeasance. The reality is more complicated. Certainly, countries with low levels of e-government readiness tend to be more corrupt, but this relation may reflect other forces such as poverty, illiteracy, and lack of a free media as much as anything. The author also explores the nexus between e-government and corruption, in which the former expands available information about public agents and may limit their discretionary powers. The empirical evidence about this issue is mixed, with some studies concluding e-government is a useful tool to limit corruption but only in specific cultural and institutional environments.
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