The Irish Government hosted a very successful conference on e-government in Dublin Castle in June 2004. The theme of the conference was “Towards Innovative Transformation in the Public Sector”. As my predecessor as Minister for the Information Society, Ms. Mary Hanafin, T.D., remarked at the time, this conference provided “an exciting opportunity for a wide range of international e-government stakeholders to assess the evolution, economics and expectations of e-government”.
The inspiration for this book came from the formal presentations as well as the informal discussions which took place at the conference. It is appropriate, therefore, that half of the chapters in this book have been contributed by academics and practitioners who presented papers at the conference.
The purpose of this book is to continue the evaluation of e-government progress and practice from a wide range of expert perspectives, with authors drawn from across the European Union and beyond.
I am delighted that this book is part of the legacy of the conference hosted by my Government and am sure that the perspectives on e-government contained within it will be useful to stakeholders who wish to remain apprised of the ongoing debate in this extremely important aspect of the Information Society.
Mr. Tom Kitt T.D.; Government Chief Whip and Minister of State to the Taoiseach, Irish Government