Pathfinder: e-Estonia as the β-version




Estonia, e-Governance, Digital Governance, digital transformation


Estonia is often presented as the leading Digital Governance country globally, but this is not backed up by any of the standard rankings. This essay attempts to answer why this is so, by demonstrating that while the official communications strategy of the Estonian Government emphasizes the country's role as a pathfinder, global media demand, and some of the local protagonists also push, the perfection narrative. This is partially related to the specific historical and geopolitical situation of Estonia, and the subsequent local attitude towards the (Nation) State, which renders (since it is rather unique) the Estonian overall model of only limited use for e-policy transfer.


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Author Biography

Wolfgang Drechsler, Tallinn University of Technology

Wolfgang Drechsler is professor of Governance at Tallinn University of Technology’s Ragnar Nurkse Department and associate and member of the advisory board at the Davis Center at Harvard University.



How to Cite

Drechsler, W. (2018). Pathfinder: e-Estonia as the β-version. JeDEM - EJournal of EDemocracy and Open Government, 10(2), 1-22.



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