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Is e-governance a function of government or media? Some directions for future research and development of electronically mediated citizen participation

Balnaves, Mark and Allen, Matthew 2009, Is e-governance a function of government or media? Some directions for future research and development of electronically mediated citizen participation, in AoIR 2009 : Proceedings of the10th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers : Internet Research 10.0 – Internet: Critical, Association of Internet Researchers, [Milwaukee, Wis.], pp. 1-13.

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Title Is e-governance a function of government or media? Some directions for future research and development of electronically mediated citizen participation
Author(s) Balnaves, Mark
Allen, MatthewORCID iD for Allen, Matthew orcid.org/0000-0002-8882-8763
Conference name The Association of Internet Researchers. Conference (10th : 2009 : Milwaukee, Wis.)
Conference location Milwaukee, Wis.
Conference dates 7-11 Oct. 2009
Title of proceedings AoIR 2009 : Proceedings of the10th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers : Internet Research 10.0 – Internet: Critical
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2009
Conference series Association of Internet Researchers Conference
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher Association of Internet Researchers
Place of publication [Milwaukee, Wis.]
Keyword(s) e-governance
government
media
participatory democracy
online society
Internet
Summary Citizen participation, enabled by electronic means, grows, in parallel with government's apparent failure to promote it. Organisations such as Getup and Moveon flourish; the BBC announced in 2003 that 'Internet-based political activism is happening...The BBC wants to help a wider audience find their voice by tackling obstacles to greater participation' (http://www.opendemocracy.net). (Kevill, 2003). Such actions echo, perhaps, the enthusiastic adoption of the Internet by activist media groups, particularly Indymedia. This paper presents a response to this situation. It provides a richer account of the contradictory rise of e-government without e-governance, and examines the potential for media-based participatory engagement to complement e-government. It presents two models of the future of electronically mediated citizen engagement: the first involving agonistic relations between government and citizenry, with civic participation occurring outside of government-approved forums; the second involving the intimate linking of governmental transactions to participation by those citizens engaged in them. Finally it will outline mechanisms for researching the capacity of either or both models to sustain effective participation.
Language eng
Field of Research 200199 Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category E2.1 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
HERDC collection year 2009
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050954

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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