Professor Wolfgang Drechsler
Research fellow Margit Suurna
Research fellow Tarmo Kalvet

Estonia is known internationally as a well-developed ‘e-country’ that can be well described by the current advancement and activity in the field of e-governance. This is implicitly characterized by the wide usage of electronic applications in management, the submission of income tax returns over the Internet up to the Internet based elections, etc. At the same time, e-governance has raised several principal problems in the field of public administration, as well as democracy issues. On the one hand, this is about how e-governance fits into and what kind of impact it has on the current public administration system. On the other hand, the question is about the perceptiveness of citizens to use different e-applications.

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Credits: 4
Grade: Yes
Mandatory: No