This is a graduate-level seminar course that examines how new information and Communication Technologies (ICT's) influence the way government functions and shapes public policy. The course consists of three sections. In the first section, important characteristics of the Information Society are examined in a broader context of social transformation from the Agricultural and Industrial Ages to the Information Age. The role of establishing trust in the Information Age and the functions of the public sector are examined. The second section introduces the notion of e-government. Critical factors of successful e-government operation are explored and innovative cases of e-government practices in the USA and around the world are introduced. The concept of e-democracy and online citizen participation and their implications in our democratic system of governance are discussed. The third section focuses on public policy areas where the domain of the public sector in the Information Age is re-examine and some emerging public policy issues are discussed.
E-Government: The Internet and Public Policy
Monday, November 7, 2016 to Monday, February 13, 2017