From Governance to e-Governance

  • Amita Singh


e-Governance is rapidly influencing the architecture of governance. The difference between the two is embedded in the understanding of governance itself. While the origin of governance goes deep into the constitutional and political framework of the country, e-governance originates in a technological regime formulated and controlled by the mega information technology labs in the USA and which would continue to control its anatomy at least for many years to come. Therefore, the greatest caution in adopting e-governance is to prevent policymakers from sinking into technological determinism and building up a system of decentralised management, control and information data storage capacity. e-Governance is possible because of the ICT or Internet technology. Looking into the nature and origin of the Internet, one gets an idea that this technology is rooted into a number of other subsidiary technologies which demonstrate a decentralising tendency of the Internet which e-governance needs to imbibe and reinvent itself accordingly. This chapter has highlighted the enormous potential of e-governance in poverty reduction and improving well-being of people as it overcomes distance and time besides making the society more interactive. However, this is possible only when nations are more forthcoming to collaborate, form partnerships and seek mutual sharing of successful practices as mentioned in the MDG 8 both within their country as well as with other countries in the neighbourhood. A large number of e-governance projects have been failing, bringing a huge loss to public exchequer and the taxpayers’ money. The government is expected to make efforts to fulfil preconditions of e-governance implementation, the most important of which is to implement inclusive governance reforms. As in India where the laboriously prepared 15 Administrative Commission Reforms Reports are accumulating dust so has been the experience with many Asian countries. If ever e-governance fails, it would be due to government’s inability to collaborate and set for itself a direction and a plan of action more appropriate and suitable to peoples’ requirements.


Internet User Human Development Index Asia Pacific Region Domain Name System Governance Reform 


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  • Amita Singh
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  1. 1.Centre for the Study of Law and GovernanceJawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia

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