Why does e-government look as it looks? One could argue that the explanatory power of many e-government studies is weak. In this article it is argued that the explanatory power of -government studies could be improved by making use of three bodies of knowledge: a) open innovation studies because ICT is an important source of innovation, b) technology studies, because ICT is the outcome of a socio-political shaping process and c) bodies of knowledge that address steering, because ICT is an act of steering to achieve political outcomes. Finally a synthesis of the results is being presented.
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