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Dangerous enthusiasms; e-government, computer failure and information system development.


Dangerous enthusiasms; e-government, computer failure and information system development.

Gauld, Robin and Shaun Goldfinch.

Otago University Press


160 pages




Gauld (health policy) and Goldfinch (political studies, both U. of Otago, New Zealand) sound a warning about the rush by governments to install information and computer technology at the core of their functions; and about the underlying assumptions that such measures will reinvent how governments are structured, how they are managed, and how they interact with the wider community. Drawing on case studies from New Zealand and elsewhere, they show that even when programs are technically successful, they often do not deliver the financial and other benefits that were promised for them. Distributed in the US by ISBS.

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Date:Aug 1, 2007
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