Is public trust in Government associated with trust in E-Government?

Simon Horsburgh, Shaun Goldfinch, Robin Gauld

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The term e-government describes the use of information and communications technology, particularly the Internet, for the delivery of public services. As governments invest in e-government, there is only limited knowledge of the extent of public trust in the new electronic modes of delivery; we also know little about whether there is any relationship between trust in government and trust in e-government. This article reports on research designed to probe this issue. Drawing on survey data from Australia and New Zealand, a series of hypotheses are tested pertaining to relationships between public trust in government and e-government, in the use of information and communications technology and trust in e-government, and support for e-government investment and development. Trust in government was found not to be correlated with trust in facets of e-government service provision but was associated with support for e-government investment. More intensive Internet users were more likely to trust e-government services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-241
Number of pages10
JournalSocial Science Computer Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Australia
  • e-government
  • information technology
  • New Zealand
  • trust in government

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Law


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