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Journal Article

Using SMS Texting to Encourage Democratic Participation by Youth Citizens: a Case Study of a Project in an English Local Authority  pp79-86

David Griffin, Philippa Trevorrow, Edward Halpin, Edward Halpin

© Dec 2006 Volume 4 Issue 2, Editor: Frank Bannister, pp49 - 94

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Abstract

Public administrations across Europe take the view that using digital media for consultation with citizens will help to increase their democratic participation. In the UK, the Government has encouraged local authorities to experiment with new electronic communication channels for this purpose. This paper presents a case study in which one such medium, the mobile phone, is being used in an attempt to raise participation amongst young people. It evaluates a project set up to use SMS text messaging as a means of electronic consultation with young people by a council in the North of England. Specifically, it examines the effect of text messaging on democratic participation by the young and the effect of this type of consultation on the processes of the political administration. This case study identifies a number of organizational, social and cultural issues that may limit the scope for using this technology to increase youth participation and change the relationship between young people and their local elected representatives. Based on the initial evidence from this case study, we take the cyber‑sceptic stance. We suggest that the mobile phone is not the 'silver bullet' for invigorating consultation with young people by the local public administration. We identify a series of potential barriers to increasing participation by youth and changing the relationship between the elected politicians and their constituents.

 

Keywords: e-Democracy, e-Consultation, local government, young people, mobile telephony, case study

 

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On the Road from Consultation Cynicism to Energising e‑Consultation  pp87-94

Simon Stephens Paul McCusker David O'Donnell

© Dec 2006 Volume 4 Issue 2, Editor: Frank Bannister, pp49 - 94

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A major concern in recent political discourse is that government has become both isolated from and unresponsive to its citizens. Democracy, by definition, demands a two‑way flow of communication between government and civil society. ICTs have the potential to facilitate such improved flows of communication „ hence, e‑democracy and e‑consultation. This paper initially draws on focus group discussions on the theme of e‑consultation conducted amongst activist citizens on the island of Ireland. High levels of frustration, scepticism and cynicism were expressed on the form, nature and process of extant consultation processes. In follow‑up demonstrations, however, the preliminary findings are much more positive suggesting that the potential exists for using e‑consultation technologies to enhance democratic processes.

 

Keywords: consultation, e-consultation technologies, e-democracy, e-government

 

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Journal Article

EU Legitimacy and new Forms of Citizen Engagement  pp45-54

Andrew Power

© Mar 2010 Volume 8 Issue 1, Editor: Frank Bannister, pp1 - 82

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The purpose of this paper is to review the arguments and examine the case for the legitimacy of the European Union (EU) and its institutions. In terms of the scope of the paper the author sought to, examine the literature in this area, engage with current issues, and speak with practitioners. This paper was written in the months leading up to the 2009 elections to the European Parliament. A number of interviews were done including two Irish members of the European Parliament (MEPs) who were standing for re‑election at the time. This was done to ground some of the ideas brought forward by the literature in the experience of those most directly involved. The paper goes on to look at some of the approaches to democratising the EU such as the way in which the EU has used information and communication technologies (ICT) to connect with the citizens of Europe. The author concludes that, while the EU does not conform to ideal models of legitimacy and accountability, it is evolving in that direction and a case can be made that the EU is at least as accountable as the nation states of which it is composed. It is also the view of the author that developments in social networking and virtual environments, offer states and politicians the opportunity to better engage with citizens and contribute to the speed of this evolution.

 

Keywords: e-government, e-consultation, European Union, democratic deficit, legitimacy, cyberparliament

 

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