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Journal Issue
Volume 3 Issue 1 / Jul 2005  pp1‑58

Editor: Frank Bannister

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The Contribution of Sociotechnical Systems Thinking to the Effective Adoption of e‑Government and the Enhancement of Democracy  pp1‑12

Leela Damodaran, John Nicholls, Alan Henney

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An Exploratory Evaluation of UK Local e‑Government From an Accountability Perspective  pp13‑28

Dave Griffin, Eddie Halpin

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Balanced Scorecard Based Management Information System — A Potential for Public Monitoring and Good Governance Advancement  pp29‑38

Ivaylo Gueorguiev, Snezhana Dimitrova, Milena Komitska

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e‑Participation and Governance: Widening the net  pp39‑48

Lee Komito

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Abstract

As a solution to declining political and civic participation, many governments are seeking to increase the number of citizens who participate in policy‑making and governance. Contrary to early expectations, recent research suggests that new information and communications technologies (ICTs) may not increase participation rates in formal organisations, and so may not improve participation rates. The Mobhaile project in Ireland is an example of a local government initiative which combines service provision ('e‑government') functions and facilities for voluntary, community and business organisations that enhance social capital in local communities, while also enabling civic participation functions ('e‑ governance'), in a single web‑based geographical interface. Such projects enable citizens to access government services and encourages them, as part of this process, to also participate in local activities that build social capital in the community. The resulting mix can be an effective basis for greater political and civic participation. 

 

Keywords: eInclusion, eParticipation, community politics, Ireland, governance, social capital

 

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Impacts of Internet use on Public Administration: A Case Study of the Brazilian Tax Administration  pp49‑58

Maria Virginia de Vasconcellos, Maria das Graças Rua

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