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Incentives for Inclusive E-Government: The Implementation of Contact Centers in Swedish Municipalities
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design. (LINA)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2118-2152
2019 (English)In: Open Government: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications / [ed] Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, Information Resources Management Association , 2019, p. 60-85Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this chapter, the focus is on incentives for inclusive e-government. Five case studies of the implementation of contact centers in Swedish municipalities are described and discussed. The research methods used are mainly qualitative interviews with different categories of municipal personnel and with citizens. The main conclusion is that the implementation seems to contribute to increased accessibility of municipal services, even for those citizens who might have problems using Internet services. The study indicates a development towards increased equal treatment of citizens and a contribution to reducing problems related to the "digital divide." Municipal services became more adapted to citizens' needs by using citizen-centric methods during the development process and in the daily work of the contact centers. The implementation of municipal contact centers can thus be seen as indicating incentives for local e-democracy and a step towards inclusive e-government, although there is still a need to go further in this direction.

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Information Resources Management Association , 2019. p. 60-85
Keywords [en]
E-government, Sweden, municipalities
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Information Systems, Social aspects
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Work Integrated Learning; SOCIAL SCIENCE, Informatics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-14867DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9860-2.ch005ISBN: 9781522598602 (print)ISBN: 9781522598619 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-14867DiVA, id: diva2:1386020
Available from: 2020-01-16 Created: 2020-01-16 Last updated: 2020-01-16Bibliographically approved

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