E-government research: Reviewing the literature, limitations, and ways forward

Yildiz M.

GOVERNMENT INFORMATION QUARTERLY, vol.24, no.3, pp.646-665, 2007 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 24 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.giq.2007.01.002
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.646-665
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


This article claims to be both a review and an agenda-setting piece. It is argued that e-government research suffers from definitional vagueness of the e-government concept, oversimplification of the e-government development processes within complex political and institutional environments, and various methodological limitations. In order to address these issues, the article reviews the limitations in the e-government literature, and it suggests ways forward. To do so, the study critically analyzes the development and various definitions of the e-government concept. After discussing the limitations of the concept, methodological and conceptual remedies such as (i) better examining and explaining the processes of - and participation patterns in - e-govemment projects within complex political environments, (ii) addressing the problem of under-specification in the e-government literature by the production of more grounded, empirical studies that would create new theoretical arguments and provide new concepts and categories so as to enhance our understanding of e-government policy processes and actors, and (iii) tying the subject of e-government strongly to mainstream public administration research are suggested in the final part of the analysis. (c) 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.