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A study of e-participation projects in third-wave democracies
by Stephen Coleman, Ildiko Kaposi
International Journal of Electronic Governance (IJEG), Vol. 2, No. 4, 2009


Abstract: The most useful questions to ask about the relationship between new media and new democracies are empirical and contextual: can the internet, in specific places and instances, facilitate forms of participation that strengthen citizens' capacity for collective action and political influence? To answer this question, we compiled an inventory of 79 e-democracy projects initiated within 'third-wave' democracies. From these, six were selected as subjects for descriptive case studies. The projects examined had a range of objectives, but all had in common the aim of using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to mediate between established governmental power and the public.

Online publication date: Sun, 20-Dec-2009


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