Epistemology and Theoretical Explorations of e-Governance

  • Amita Singh


Epistemology of e-governance is rooted into the processes of governance vis-a-vis the nature of Internet technology. ‘e’ Technology represent a complicated network for the transmission of knowledge and controls and not just a sequential chain of mechanics based upon linear relationships. These networks also generate a hybrid of public (government at the core) and private (vendors and donors) institutions to deliver many core services to people to facilitate development. The chapter attempts to clear some epistemological errors in treating e-governance in isolation of the nature of ICT. Theory helps to generate an understanding on epistemological directions of e-governance projects and may help take a cautious decision before venturing into a mega-capital intensive programme as the present trend of governance in the Asia Pacific suggests. Analysis undertaken in this section endorses a critique of positivism and social constructionism which are distinguished by their propinquity to attain controls over technology. This section also discusses the nature of technological determinism which defines e-governance policies. Carrying on the critique of postmodernist and post-structuralist against state authority and the so-called rhizomatic or nomadic cyberspace, a section of this chapter also analyses the enhancement of state capacity to control and regulate lives of citizens. In the last section, the historical and cultural context of ICT is discussed to demonstrate how state politics allies with ICT and certain religious cultures hate the whole Internet and social media trends. However, the state promotion of a particular direction for ICT and deterrence created by the religious ideologies has not prevented individuals to explore much more for themselves over the net. The study explores from across the world how many men and women have made their living and livelihood out of their Internet commerce, sales and transactions by using search engines for varieties of opportunities available to them. As the former theoretical framework is indicative of technological determinism, the latter is suggestive of a participatory, decentralised and interactive framework of e-governance. Policy planners can upgrade their ventures in a more balanced manner suitable to their country’s requirements.


Muslim Woman Instrumental Rationality Network Governance Islamic Country General Equilibrium Theory 
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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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