E-Government in the context of monitory democracy: public participation and democratic reform

Freeman, Julie 2013, E-Government in the context of monitory democracy: public participation and democratic reform, Media Asia, vol. 40, no. 4, pp. 354-362, doi: 10.1080/01296612.2013.11689988.

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Title E-Government in the context of monitory democracy: public participation and democratic reform
Author(s) Freeman, JulieORCID iD for Freeman, Julie orcid.org/0000-0002-7599-4105
Journal name Media Asia
Volume number 40
Issue number 4
Start page 354
End page 362
Total pages 9
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 0129-6612
Keyword(s) e-government
monitory democracy
public participation
democratic reform
civic demand
political participation methods
information and communication technologies (ICTs)
Summary In a networked environment characterised by communicative abundance, there are new opportunities for citizens to scrutinise and contest government actions and decisions. Governments are subsequently facing increasing civic demand for greater transparency, responsiveness and accountability. This article suggests that e-government mechanisms offer contexts through which governments can respond to growing external pressures and adapt to changing notions surrounding democratic participation. It explores efforts undertaken during Iceland’s constitutional reform process, where nation-wide public involvement was encouraged through a combination of digital and traditional political participation methods. The initiativeundertaken in Iceland signals a shift away from the transactional activities often associatedwith government use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) towards moreopen and responsive e-government practices. This article argues that, to be effective, civic engagement through e-government should be an ongoing process that is integrated into the everyday operations of governments to support and supplement existing democratic practices.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/01296612.2013.11689988
Field of Research 200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
2001 Communication And Media Studies
Socio Economic Objective 890403 Internet Broadcasting
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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