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The Contribution of New Technologies in Achieving Transparency and Efficiency in Public Administration: Institutional and Operational Consequences

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14
2009 / Vol. 21, No. 2, (72)
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The Contribution of New Technologies
in Achieving Transparency and Efficiency
in Public Administration

Institutional and Operational Consequences

Konstantinos Tsimaras

PhD (Paris I), Attorney-at-Law, Lecturer at the Ionian University

Good governance is a prerequisite for the economic development of a country, for fighting poverty and unemployment and promoting democracy. The need for good gov­ernance has been recognized on a national and a global level. Corruption and maladministration undermine both economic development and good governance. In two sections we firstly present how ICTs (Information and Communication Tech­nologies) can contribute towards promoting transparency and efficiency of Pub­­lic Administration and secondly how they can contribute towards restructuring Pub­lic Administration. The real structural reform of Public Administration cannot be achieved solely through the implementation of ICTs for the support of existing structures or the simple computerization of fixed procedures. A coordinated and or­ganized effort is required, allowing the State to proceed with an overall redesign of its organizational structure, its procedures as well as the necessary institutional framework that regulates them, in a way that fully and efficiently utilizes the capa­bilities offered by new technologies and promotes communication between the Ad­mini­stration and the citizen.

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