Title: The electronic procurement of ideas

Authors: Paul Beynon-Davies, Michael D. Williams, Ian Owens, Rebecca Hill

Addresses: European Business Management School, University of Wales Swansea, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP, UK. ' European Business Management School, University of Wales Swansea, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP, UK. ' European Business Management School, University of Wales Swansea, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP, UK. ' European Business Management School, University of Wales Swansea, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP, UK

Abstract: This paper focuses on two non-traditional but important domains for electronic procurement – electronic government and electronic democracy. In particular, we describe how electronic consultation, an important form of electronic democracy, is being used to procure ideas from partnership organisations and citizenry and hence support the policy formulation processes at a devolved regional assembly in the UK. Such forms of intellectual procurement are seen by many to be significant ways in which government may re-engage with its populace and address issues of social exclusion in the area of democratic participation.

Keywords: electronic procurement; electronic democracy; electronic consultation; electronic government; e-government; e-democracy; e-procurement; e-consultation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEB.2004.004556

International Journal of Electronic Business, 2004 Vol.2 No.1, pp.3 - 19

Published online: 13 May 2004 *

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