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Title: The impact of electronic government on democracy: e-democracy through e-participation
  Author: Grigorios Spirakis, Christina Spiraki, Konstantinos Nikolopoulos   Email author(s)
  Address: Department of Public Economy Service, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Paralio Astros 22019, Greece. ' General Hospital of Nafplio, 8 Asklipiou str., Nafplio 21100, Greece. ' Strategic Economic Modeling and Policy Laboratory, School of Business and Economics, University of Peloponnese, Tripolis 22100, Greece
  Journal: Electronic Government, an International Journal 2010 - Vol. 7, No.1  pp. 75 - 88
  Abstract: Electronic government is the use of Information and Communication Technology in the transformation of government; primarily aiming to the improvement of accessibility, effectiveness and responsibility. It is based on the diffusion of the information and the information policy development. Electronic government guides to increasing citizens' participation and active citizens' development affecting the mechanisms of democracy. Electronic democracy (e-democracy) includes technological innovations that allow improvement and empowerment of democratic institutions with or without the use of internet. E-democracy aims the production of functional democratic processes like communication, information providing and decision-making after electronic public dialogue and voting. E-democracy is the cornerstone in a social system as citizens can have an active participation in the public issues. This paper describes the electronic government implementations promoting electronic democracy through electronic participation (e-participation) and appearing benefits for the citizens, the enterprises, the public administration and the society.
  Keywords: e-government; ICT; information technology; communications technology; information policy; e-democracy; e-participation; public dialogue; electronic voting; electronic government; electronic democracy; electronic participation; technological innovation; empowerment; public administration.
  DOI: 10.1504/EG.2010.029892
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