Innovating Government: An Introduction to the Book

  • Simone van der HofEmail author
Part of the Information Technology and Law Series book series (ITLS, volume 20)


The narratives in this book can be positioned against a background of a rapidly changing societal and policy landscape, both empirically and theoretically, in light of turbulent technological developments and new social paradigms. Since the mid-1990s, many Western governments have ‘embraced the idea that new technologies might be exploited to “reinvent” their own activities’ (Bellamy and Taylor 1998). Hence, fueling the new paradigm of the reinvented government, as elaborately considered by Osborne and Gaebler (1992), under the New Public Management philosophy, and rendering notions of business-like and customer-driven government which are facilitated by the introduction of ICTs in public administration and a growing interconnectivity of public organizations and policy spheres. Since then we have seen transformations in many areas of public administration under the heading of electronic government or e-government.


European Union Smart Card Youth Care Identity Theft Smart Environment 
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Automatic number plate recognition


European Union


Information and communication technology


Identity management


Internal market information system


Radio frequency identification


Value-sensitive design


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.TILT – Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and SocietyTilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands

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