The History of a European Information Society: Shifts from Governments to Governance

Jamal Shahin, Matthias Finger, Jirapon Tubtimhin (Editor)

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It was around 1993 - when the so-called Delors White Paper on Growth, Competitiveness, and Employment was published - that the Information Society became a key policy area in the EU for the Commission. This has often been considered the base point for many studies of the Information Society in Europe: research into the EU's recent policy agenda in this area is not new and this chapter will not rewrite what has already been written. There are a number of reasons why the term became more popular in policymaking circles after this date, but most importantly it was a politically-motivated action designed to enhance the standing of the Commission as an actor in a governance matrix as opposed to a hierarchical system of governments within the EU. Policies concerning the development of a European Information Society (hereafter EIS) became central to the EU at the same time as the consequences of the Treaties of Maastricht and Amsterdam and the processes of Commission and EU reform were beginning to have an effect. The Internet was becoming popular at the same time, and had, with the explosion of the Worldwide Web, become the driving technology behind the Information Society. It is in this context that an analysis of the European Commission's treatment of the EIS is crucial to an understanding of the relationship between the Internet and EU governance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal e-Governance: Advancing e-Governance Through Innovation and Leadership
EditorsJirapon Tubtimhin
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)978-1-60750-025-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2009

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Jirapon Tubtimhin


  • Information Society
  • European Union
  • History

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