The Efficiency of Freedom: Single Parents' Domestication of Mandatory E-government Channels

Christian Østergaard Madsen, Pernille Kræmmergaard

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The Danish e-government strategy aims to increase the efficiency of public sector administration by making e-government channels mandatory for citizens by 2015. Although Danish citizens have adopted e-government channels to interact with public authorities, many also keep using traditional channels. Previous studies have analyzed citizens’ channel choice in non-mandatory settings, and mostly surrounding a single isolated channel. To cover these gaps we present a mixed method study of citizens’ actual use of e-government channels using domestication theory as our framework. Our findings indicate that e-government and traditional channels are often used simultaneously, and
citizens’ perceptions and previous histories with public authorities influence channel choice. Further, citizens’ existing routines related to third-party non-official channels also influence their interaction with public authorities. Moreover, we find a series of unmet needs which leads to information requests on traditional channels concerning online transactions. Based on the study we offer recommendations to practioners to increase the use of e-government channels and reduce traffic on traditional channels.
TidsskriftGovernment Information Quarterly
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)380-388
StatusUdgivet - 9 okt. 2015


  • channel choice
  • domestication theory
  • e-government
  • mandatory channels
  • offline traffic reduction
  • self-service applications
  • single parents