DIGITAL PUBLIC POLICY AND E-GOVERNANCE AS FACTORS OF THE ENHANCED SOCIO-ECONOMIC COHESION IN THE EUROPEAN UNION
Keywords:digitalization, public policy, e-government, DESI index, European Commission
In this paper, I examine how public policies in the domain of digital transformation and e-government contributed to socio-economic cohesion in the European Union (EU) and its member states, taking into account DESI measurement indicators and benchmarks of e-Government in that period. from 2016 to 2021. By using data analysis and document content analysis methods, we learn that the process of digitization of the EU single market and public services of the governments of the member states has affected the economic productivity and resilience of the economies of the member states, which reduces economic differences and promotes social development. The conclusion is drawn from this that digital public policies and e-government have deeply influenced the processes of economic sector integration and thus improved the state of socioeconomic cohesion in the European Union and its member states.
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