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Title: The impact of e-government on transparency in the European Union: a multivariate analysis

Authors: Javier Cifuentes-Faura

Addresses: Department of Financial Economy and Accounting, University of Murcia, Spain

Abstract: E-government emerges as a new form of interaction or relationship between the governments of different countries through the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) with the aim of achieving good government and being more transparent. This paper analyses the consequences of e-government in European Union countries. In particular, it studies whether those countries where the development of e-government is greater, are also those that are more transparent. The effects of other socio-economic variables proposed by the literature on e-government (per capita GDP, unemployment rate, educational level, population, etc.) are also examined. The statistical analysis reveals that e-government has a positive impact on transparency (measured through the corruption perception index), as well as on GDP per capita, unemployment rate and educational level.

Keywords: e-government; electronic government; European Union; transparency; public administration; socioeconomic variables; multivariate model; information and communication technologies; ICT.

DOI: 10.1504/EG.2022.10037880

Electronic Government, an International Journal, 2022 Vol.18 No.1, pp.105 - 118

Received: 12 Apr 2020
Accepted: 15 Jan 2021

Published online: 11 Dec 2021 *

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