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Journal Issue
Volume 10 Issue 1 / Oct 2012  pp1‑94

Editor: Frank Bannister

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Development of a community e‑portal constellation: Queensland Smart Region Initiative  pp1‑15

David W. Parker, George W. Downie, Graham Manville

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E‑government and Technological Utopianism: Exploring Zambia’s Challenges and Opportunities  pp16‑30

Kelvin Joseph Bwalya, Saul Floyd Zulu, Balulwami Grand, Peter M. Sebina

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A Model of Success Factors for Implementing Local E‑government in Uganda  pp31‑46

Robinah Nabafu, Gilbert Maiga

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E‑government Information Application: Identifying Smuggling Vessels with Data mining Technology  pp47‑58

Chih-Hao Wena, Ping-Yu Hsu, Chung-Yung Wang, Tai-Long Wuc, Ming-Jia Hsu

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Government 2.0: Key Challenges to Its Realization  pp59‑69

Albert Jacob Meijer, Bert-Jaap Koops, Willem Pieterson, Sjors Overman, Sanne ten Tije

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Organizational Adaptation to Sustain Information Technology: The Case of E‑Government in Developing Countries  pp70‑83

Nurdin Nurdin, Rosemary Stockdale, Helana Scheepers

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Is e‑democracy more than democratic? ‑ An examination of the implementation of socially sustainable values in e‑democratic processes  pp84‑94

Gustav Lidén

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Abstract

A growing literature tries to contribute to a more balanced view of the concept of e‑democracy. However, one seldom discussed aspect is the concept’s inadequate dimension on what a desirable development of society consists of. By adding certain values, today most pronounced in the theory of social sustainability, this article examines the awareness of such in three e‑democratic projects in Swedish municipalities. This is carried out through a qualitative inquiry that uses different types of data and that regards social sustainability as an ongoing process that is suitable to be analysed in relation to other structures in society. The empirical part reveals different important topics. First it shows that the conscious¬ness of socially sustainable values varies between the examined cases. Second, this variation can be due to both the varying success of e‑democracy and to conditions inside the political organizations. In conclusion, this paper reveals that the consequence of adding a socially sustainable perspective to e‑democracy is that it provides adequate opportunities for analysing social development without missing out qualities that are desired in a democratic society. 

 

Keywords: e-democracy, social sustainability, democratic theory, political participation, political equality, Sweden

 

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