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Abstract

In this exploratory study we investigate the relationship between information and communication technologies (ICTs) and country-level governance. We include in our framework the five factors of ICTs: access, quality, affordability, applications and institutional efficiency & sustainability. Governance indicators include voice and accountability, political stability and absence of violence, government effectiveness, regulatory quality, rule of law, and control of corruption. Using secondary data on ICTs and governance indicators for countries from the World Bank, and controlling for the wealth effect, our main multivariate result indicates that ICTs—with the exception of the institutional efficiency and sustainability factor—have a positive relationship with governance indicators. ICTs therefore, have the potential to promote good governance. We also find that accessibility is the most important ICTs’ factor to enhance governance. Our results are useful in shaping policy decisions involving the nature and extent of investment in ICT infrastructure at the country level.

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