Why does e-government look as it looks? One could argue that the explanatory power of many e-government studies is weak. In this article it is argued that the explanatory power of -government studies could be improved by making use of three bodies of knowledge: a) open innovation studies because ICT is an important source of innovation, b) technology studies, because ICT is the outcome of a socio-political shaping process and c) bodies of knowledge that address steering, because ICT is an act of steering to achieve political outcomes. Finally a synthesis of the results is being presented.

e-government, ICT and public innovation, steering, technology studies
dx.doi.org/10.3233/IP-2012-0279, hdl.handle.net/1765/66232
Information Polity: an international journal on the development, adoption, use and effects of information technology
Department of Public Administration

Bekkers, V.J.J.M. (2012). Why does e-government looks as it does? Looking beyond the explanatory emptiness of the e-government concept. Information Polity: an international journal on the development, adoption, use and effects of information technology, 17(3-4), 329–342. doi:10.3233/IP-2012-0279