E-participation and Governance: Widening the net

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Title: E-participation and Governance: Widening the net
Authors: Komito, Lee
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/10253
Date: Jul-2005
Online since: 2019-05-01T11:12:42Z
Abstract: As a solution to declining political and civic participation, many governments are seeking to increase the number of citizens who participate in policy-making and governance. Contrary to early expectations, recent research suggests that new information and communications technologies (ICTs) may not increase participation rates in formal organisations, and so may not improve participation rates. The Mobhaile project in Ireland is an example of a local government initiative which combines service provision (‘e-government’) functions and facilities for voluntary, community and business organisations that enhance social capital in local communities, while also enabling civic participation functions (‘egovernance’), in a single web-based geographical interface. Such projects enable citizens to access government services and encourages them, as part of this process, to also participate in local activities that build social capital in the community. The resulting mix can be an effective basis for greater political and civic participation.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Academic Conferences and Publishing International
Journal: Electronic Journal of e-Government
Volume: 3
Issue: 1
Start page: 39
End page: 48
Copyright (published version): 2005 the Authors
Keywords: eInclusioneParticipationCommunity politicsIrelandGovernanceSocial capital
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Information and Communication Studies Research Collection

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