Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies, Vol 17, No 2 (2002)

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E-Governance in the Philippines: Insights for Policy-Making

Ranjit Singh Rye

Abstract


Major transformations in the global political economy have ushered in what is commonly thought of as an information and communication technology-led revolution. While a great deal has been written about some aspects of this "global shift"--the so-called borderless world or intimations of a "new economy"--much less attention has been paid to its significance for politics and policymaking. This paper looks at the relationship between ICT and politics through an examination of the concept and practices associated with e-governance, taken to be integral to the re-shaping of relations between the state, the market and society. The discussion does not assume either the feasibility or desirability of e-governance. Rather it interrogates the governance model itself, and what this signifies for state capacity, through an empirical assessment of e-governance in the Philippines. The concluding argument suggests that there exist outstanding institutional and technological challenges that have yet to be addressed in any systematic way.

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