As opposed to a host of past research that studied the impact of e-government on corruption, we contribute to another potential but under-developed stream of research, which focuses on the impact of corruption on e-government maturity. Specifically, there is a limited theoretical and empirical understanding of how corruption can affect e-government maturity. Adopting an institutional perspective to conceptualize corruption and drawing on the agency theory and the rent-seeking theory, we argue that corruption in three basic national institutions (political, legal, and media institutions) in a country can hinder its e-government maturity. We test our hypotheses using the publicly available archival data from 103 countries. This study offers initial insights into the “corruption—e-government” phenomenon by highlighting the role of corruption in different institutions, and provides important implications that would encourage further research on the phenomenon.
Khan, Anupriya and Krishnan, Satish, "Corruption in National Institutions and E-Government Maturity: Insights from Cross-Country Data" (2018). PACIS 2018 Proceedings. 228.