Moving e-governance beyond borders: analysis of cross-border cooperation between Estonia and Finland



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This thesis aims to analyse contemporary cross-border cooperation in the field of public sector digitalisation and e-governance. Using Estonia and Finland as exemplary examples of state digitalisation cases, the study adds to the existing literature on e-governance. Furthermore, it considers the emerging need for cross-border interoperability in government solutions. The central research questions of collaboration, interdependence and digitalisation image are supplemented with the recent developments in politics as well as inside the European Union. Research input provided by current and former public officials has led to the concluding analysis. Despite the success stories of both countries in digitalisation, the current cross-border collaboration requires further structure and political will in becoming the exemplary cross-border model for others to follow.