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The Utilization of ICT in Local Government Units in Social Policy Applications in Greece

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Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Social Policy and Local Government all together interlinked in turmoil of change, deeply transformed the world and our societies. The transition to e-government, concerns horizontal and vertical changes in state structures that promise to give citizens more participative power in public decisions and a better quality of life. The demographic challenge confronts municipalities with the need to address locally, directly, and focused. Using I.C.T.s arises in the context of the need for better health services governance and social policy. The European initiatives on social protection are increasingly seeking information about good practices to support developments in social public services. The social public services are provided directly to citizens trying to meet their needs at home. This is especially important for people who have been marginalized or somehow excluded from society because of their age or state of their physical disability. These people usually have multiple needs that require a more coordinated and integrated response from services. The development of these services is generally organized at national, regional, or local level. However, many questions about the quality of these services need to be responded. In recent years it has been recognized that the service delivery processes as a commodity must ensure certain standards. The doctoral thesis examines the social service improvements designed to meet the needs of the elderly and disabled service users through the development of geographically focused local and specialized health services. The combination of these trends leads to the formation of a specific model of Social Policy with the use of ICT.s in the research municipalities. As the exemplary local government units, (the municipality of Dodonis and municipality of Central Tzoumerka) in Region of Epirus, Greece, was chosen.

DOI 10.11648/j.ss.20211003.21
Published in Social Sciences (Volume 10, Issue 3, June 2021)
Page(s) 155-159
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Social Policy, Local Government, Information and Communication Technologies

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