Date on Senior Honors Thesis


Document Type

Senior Honors Thesis

Degree Name



Political Science

Degree Program

College of Arts and Sciences

Author's Keywords

e-goverment; democracy; global; united nations; digital divide


This study looks to examine E-government’s relationship with Democracy on a global scale to assess the impact of how democratic a state is on how much it invests in E-government. I use the Economist’s democracy index and compare that to the United Nations E-government index in the years between 2008 to 2016 to find a pattern between the two factors. Once I identify the pattern, I use GDP per capita as a control variable to ensure that the relationship holds when how much capital a state has for each of its residents is taken into account. After that, I analyze the data and discuss how further research into the topic could contribute to the topic.

Lay Summary

This study looks to examine the relationship between democracy and how much the development of e-government. In order to look for patterns in the relationship, I use data that looks at the regime style of a country and compare that to data pertaining to the development of that country’s e-governance. Once I establish a pattern between the two, I control for GDP with the variable of GDP per capita.