Information Technology and the Role of Government in Australia: Political Ideology and Discourse in the “Asian Century”

  • Amita Singh


The chapter that follows focuses on a detailed case study of changing government policy in regard to the provision of ICT infrastructure in Australia from the 1980s to the current day. However, it is not just relevant to the discussions of the practical relationship between governance and ICT provision that has been discussed earlier in this book, it is also highly relevant to the theoretical engagement with issues of technology and e-governance that have been raised in chapters II and III. In terms of arguments raised in Chapter II, the analysis in this chapter provides practical examples of how discourse around ICT is implicated in a rethinking of the nature and scope of both governance and the economy. Indeed the provision of ICT is seen as crucial for citizens and the nation’s welfare. The case study also raises questions about how an attempted democratisation of ICT provision, in terms of extending government subsidised provision, is still constrained by the role of the private sector and market economics.


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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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