The Development in Leading e-Government Articles 2001-2010: Definitions, Perspectives, Scope, Research Philosophies, Methods and Recommendations: An Update of Heeks and Bailur

  • Christian Ø. Madsen
  • Jesper Bull Berger
  • Mick Phythian
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8653)


This paper presents a study of the development in leading e-government papers from 2001-2010. Inspired by a study by Heeks and Bailur, the analysis uses a different sampling method, adds new themes, and focuses on changes over time. Through an iterative process known as template analysis the five most cited papers from each year are analyzed according to themes such as perspectives on the impact and impact causes of e-government, methods used, underlying research philosophies and recommendations. Findings indicate that the papers are still somewhat optimistic regarding the impact of e-government, but no longer as technologically deterministic. Discussions of research philosophies start to appear, as do social constructionist studies, although most papers are still positivistic. There is an increase in the use of primary data, and some movement in focus from infrastructure and services towards citizens. There is little development in the discussions of generalization of results and recommendations offered.


E-government literature review template analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Ø. Madsen
    • 1
  • Jesper Bull Berger
    • 2
  • Mick Phythian
    • 3
  1. 1.The IT University of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Roskilde UniversityRoskildeDenmark
  3. 3.Centre for Computing & Social ResponsibilityDe Montfort UniversityLeicesterUK

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