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Rethinking e-Government Research: The ‘ideology-artefact complex’
  The authors present a framework for e-government research that draws heavily on Iacono and Kling’s work on computerization movements. They build on this work by appropriating cognate studies of organizational informatics by Kling and his colleagues, and socio-technical research in the UK. From this blend, they derive a construct, the ‘ideology-artefact complex’. Using empirical work (including recent case studies of their own), they indicate how this may inform e-government research. They discuss ways in which the construct may act as a bridge between two traditions of UK/European social informatics and US socio-technical research. They discuss a potential research agenda for computerization movements in e-government that focuses on three main problem areas: macro level social order, counter-movements and material realisation.

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    31 December 2006

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  • Library of Congress:

    QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    004 Data processing & computer science


Davenport, E., & Horton, K. (2006). Rethinking e-Government Research: The ‘ideology-artefact complex’. In R. Suomi, R. Cabral, J. F. Hampe, & A. Heikkila (Eds.), Project E-Society: Building Bricks. IFIP International Federation for Information Processing,, 380-391.



e-government; research; computerization movements; organizational informatics; socio-technical research; 'ideology-artefact complex';

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