Title: Facilitating the monitorial voter: retrospective voter information websites in the USA, UK and The Netherlands

Authors: Arthur R. Edwards

Addresses: Department of Public Administration, Erasmus University Rotterdam, P.O. Box 1738, Rotterdam 3000 DR, The Netherlands

Abstract: Websites for monitoring the past performance of elected representatives in the USA, the UK and The Netherlands are analysed according to information needs of the voters. The case study reveals two distinct models of information provision. One model supports the evaluation of the enactment of election programmes by political parties, the other model supports the monitoring of the performance of individual representatives in terms of the voters| current preferences. Guidelines are suggested for the design of retrospective voter information websites.

Keywords: e-democracy; electronic democracy; representative democracy; voter empowerment; retrospective voter information websites; performance evaluation; voting records; monitoring; USA; United States; UK; United Kingdom; Netherlands; e-government; electronic government; information provision; past performance; elected representatives.

DOI: 10.1504/EG.2006.009600

Electronic Government, an International Journal, 2006 Vol.3 No.3, pp.289 - 305

Published online: 02 May 2006 *

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