Keywords: E-government policy; Public Administration; European Union.
This article focuses on electronic government. The latter is usually associated to the
reforms to render the public administration more efficient during the nineties, and in
particular to the programs for reinventing government launched by Clinton Administration.
Yet electronic government has changed its meaning and strategies once arrived
in Europe, responding to the needs of a supranational entity still in construction.
After analyzing is main features, this article will focus on the constitutive value
of such policy for the European Union. Previously concentrated on the theme of full
digitalization of public services, in the course of the last decade it has focused more
attention on the sharing of technical standards, organizational schemes and administrative
practices. The development of Pan-European strategies, one-stop government
portals and open data projects will be considered significant examples of such trend.