E-Government and public affairs education

Edward T. Jennings


This article examines three fundamental questions with respect to the place of e-govrement in graduate education for carrers in public service. First, where does e-government fit in the curriculum of graduate programs in public policy and administration? Second, might we expect the answer to this question to vary depending on the institutional home and type of public affairs degree? Third, should we expect programs to offer a required course on e-government or should we aim to integrate material on e-government throughout the curriculum? These questions are approached through standards developed for public affairs education in the United States, but they are examined in the context of international variations in governance, technology and education.

The article first traces the development of e-government across the globe, summarizing important issues and considertation that government must answer as they pursue e-government initiatives. It then reviews standards that have been developed for public affairs education in the U.S. and turns to the question of how to incorporate e-govrnment in the curriculum.

E-government involves much more than technological and information management questions. Thus, it has implications for the entire public affairs curriculum. It is unlikely that a single course can successfully covers technical, managerial, and policy dimenstions of e-government. For most programs, it will be more productive to explore e-government across a range of courses in the existing curriculum. The apporach that is taken is likely to be affected by institutional settings, resources, and faculty competencies. It is also likely to be shaped by the broader social, economic, and political environments in which programs operate. Although the stage of e-government development in the country is likely to make a difference, althogy we can also hope that our training will also shape e-government's development.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22140/cpar.v1i3/4.27


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