n Journal of Public Administration - E-governance : a new paradigm in public administration




The quandary within which Public Administration finds itself calls for academics and practitioners in the field to astutely apply their minds so as to provide an accurate description and analysis of the current state as well as predicting its future course. The five paradigms put forward by Nicholas Henry in 1975 provide a sound base on the evolutionary discussion of the emergence of Public Administration since Woodrow Wilson's seminal article in 1887. More recently, the New Public Management and the governance paradigms have been suggested as more accurately explaining the state of the field. E-governance has also brought another dimension to the discourse. The introduction of Information Communication and Technologies (ICTs) has had an influence in both the structure and function of government. Notwithstanding the challenges faced in adopting ICTs in governance, there appear to be consensus among scholars from different parts of the world about their positive contribution to society; it is argued that the introduction has improved efficiency as well as promoting public participation. The guiding question in this paper is; does e-governance represent a new paradigm in the field of Public Administration? If indeed it represents one, then it can be argued that e-governance is the future of Public Administration. In examining the question posed, the paper will also endeavour to establish both the locus and focus of e-governance within the Public Administration field.


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