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Deadline: 07/03/2010

Public Sector Reform Using Information Technologies: Transforming Policy into Practice

A book edited by
Dr Thanos Papadopoulos
School of Management, University of Southampton, UK
Dr Panagiotis Kanellis
Ernst & Young and University of Athens, Greece
To be published by IGI Global: http://www.igi-global.com/requests/details.asp?ID=729

It is known that the successful delivery of public policy is increasingly dependent upon the effective use and application of information technology (IT) and systems.  However, various issues are raised when policy conceptualizations travel through the many and often labyrinthine levels of public administration; the result of complex interplays between IT, policy directives, and various organisational networks that are entailed in the consequent implementation.  These issues turn quickly into insurmountable obstacles that stop any reform process in its tracks, often, with both political and financial repercussions for all involved.  In situations like this governments are faced with hard choices of the sort of either authoritatively enforcing the implementation of the policy or abandoning any grandiose plans, returning back to a pen-and-paper mode and the old ways of operations.  Although those may satisfy hard-line bureaucratic stakeholders, they do nothing to increase the level of service offered to millions of citizens.  Public sector reform using IT creates unique opportunities, challenges and implications which are imperative to be understood if they are to be successfully managed.  This calls for an analytical, interdisciplinary examination from both a theoretical and practical perspective regarding policy execution and materialization towards the electronic government and public sector of the future.

Objective of the Book
This edited volume aims to provide the interested reader the prism needed to approach the complexity of the issues involved from all the right angles so as to formulate the necessary background of what is involved and what is required when governments decide to transform public policy into practice using IT and systems.  It will investigate the underlying theories and mechanisms, as well as the challenges, opportunities and impact of reforms in any relevant application area, exploiting any technological, social, cultural, organisational and human parameters.  Thus, collecting and presenting scholarly work, this single volume will offer an essential and integrated body of knowledge, which will be valuable for understanding IT-driven public sector reform. 

Target Audience
The prospective audience for this book includes graduate students, professors, and researchers, in several disciplines and fields, such as computer science, information systems, and sociology, as well as practitioners in policy formulation, implementation, and IT and systems deployment.  In this vein, the book intends to serve as a valuable asset for academics in their research and teaching, as well as for professionals, politicians and civil servants engaged in any form with governments and the public sector, who strive to transform and enhance the effectiveness and value of the services they provide so as to meet the increasing expectations of citizens in modern democracies.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Case studies of IT-driven public sector reform
  2. Policies related to public sector reform through the utilisation of IT
  3. Public-private partnerships in the delivery of policies through the use of IT
  4. Policy delivery evaluation frameworks and applications
  5. The interplay between technology and policy in the public sector
  6. Analysis of e-government applications such as e-voting and e-health
  7. Performance and effectiveness measurement of IT-enabled public sector reform
  8. Organisational networks and knowledge management in the implementation of IT-driven public sector reform

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit a 2‐3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter.  Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by November 23, 2009 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines.  Full chapters are expected to be submitted by March 7, 2010. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double‐blind review basis.

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit www.igi-global.com. This publication is anticipated to be released in early 2011.

Important Dates:
November 23, 2009: Notification of Acceptance
March 7, 2010: Full Chapter Submission
June 10, 2010: Review Result Returned
July 10, 2010: Revised Chapter Submission
August 31, 2010: Final Chapter Submission Deadline

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to:
Dr Thanos Papadopoulos
School of Management
Highfield Campus, Southampton SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom
Tel.: +44 (0)23 8059 7716 • Fax: +44 (0)23 8059 3844
E‐mail: a.papadopoulos@soton.ac.uk