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Title [en]
Like Fish in Water? Surveillance in Post-Communist Sociteies
Abstract [en]
The aim of the study is to broaden the knowledge-base on regulation and practices of surveillance in post-communist societies and thereby closing the gap in existing research. The purpose is to develop our understanding of how surveillance as social sorting interacts with relationships of trust in postcommunist societies, between citizens and towards the state. The project consists of three parts: (A) A general overview over surveillance practices in 17 European post-communist states with focus on video surveillance; (B) an international survey on surveillance, privacy, and social sorting in three states, Ukraine, Poland and Estonia; and (C) a detailed study of institutionalisation of surveillance and regulation practices, as well as organised opposition in this selection of cases. With this project we aim to establish Södertörn university on the front of research on surveillance.
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Björklund, F. (2016). E-government and moral citizenship: the case of Estonia. Citizenship Studies, 20(6-7), 914-931
Open this publication in new window or tab >>E-government and moral citizenship: the case of Estonia
2016 (English)In: Citizenship Studies, ISSN 1362-1025, E-ISSN 1469-3593, Vol. 20, no 6-7, p. 914-931Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present article concerns Estonian e-government, that is, the digitalization of government and public administration, and the way e-government produces a moral citizen. Although several case studies on e-government exist, they have seldom been sensitive to the local conditions shaping the functions and social meaning of digitalization. E-government involves producing knowledge, and the present article draws on a theoretical perspective that stresses the tight relationship between knowledge and power. In Estonia, the power–knowledge regime is characterized by centralization. Centralization is the condition for a firm national e-government policy, and within this policy, an image of the unique Estonian citizenry is produced. The Estonian moral citizen who emerges out of e-government is de-politicized and detached from a social context, on the one hand, and strongly politicized and attached to a specific ethno-national community, on the other.

e-government, Estonia, Moral citizenship, post-communist conditions, power–knowledge regime
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society; Baltic and East European studies
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-30811 (URN)10.1080/13621025.2016.1213222 (DOI)000381500300015 ()2-s2.0-84980350907 (Scopus ID)584/42/2012 (Local ID)584/42/2012 (Archive number)584/42/2012 (OAI)
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, A051-2012
Available from: 2016-09-01 Created: 2016-09-01 Last updated: 2021-01-18Bibliographically approved
Co-InvestigatorBjörklund, Fredrika
Principal InvestigatorSvenonius, Ola
Coordinating organisation
Södertörn University
2013-01-01 - 2015-12-31
Keywords [sv]
Östersjö- och Östeuropaforskning
Keywords [en]
Baltic and East European studies
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
DiVA, id: project:1875Project, id: A051-2012_OSS