The Resource Evolution rather than revolution : a comparative analysis of the quality of e-democracy, Alina Östling

Evolution rather than revolution : a comparative analysis of the quality of e-democracy, Alina Östling

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Evolution rather than revolution : a comparative analysis of the quality of e-democracy
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Evolution rather than revolution
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a comparative analysis of the quality of e-democracy
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Alina Östling
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eng
Summary
This thesis examines the democratic advantages and challenges of e-democracy, as well as its impact. The aim is to address some of the theoretical and empirical gaps in the rapidly developing but still emerging field of e-democracy. Moreover, the intention is to assist edemocracy practitioners in tailoring their projects in a way that addresses the particular democratic problems that they are facing. To this purpose, the thesis presents a theoretical frame and indicators to assess the quality of e-democracy projects. The quality is explored through in-depth comparison of five case studies of e-democracy initiatives in Italy, France, Sweden and the UK. Two types of projects are examined: epetitioning and parliamentary informatics (i.e. projects that enable citizens to monitor and engage in legislative activities of parliaments). The thesis provides primary survey evidence from nearly 700 e-democracy participants, as well as from interviews with project stakeholders. In focusing on e-democracy from the user perspective - rather than from the more common perspectives of policy-makers and data/tool providers - and in addressing standards of democratic quality, the thesis contributes to a rebalancing of the e-democracy debate towards civic, over structural and technological characteristics. The e-democracy projects at hand show that ICT improve access and usability of information, facilitate the interaction between citizens and civil society, and offer important stimuli for engagement. The projects manage to attract previously passive citizens and deepen engagement with those who are already involved in politics. However, the downside is that many of the traditionally under-represented groups in politics are even more absent from edemocracy platforms. Moreover, the projects stop short of establishing direct communication between citizens and their representatives, and of achieving policy impact. In fact, my findings confirm that ICT enable new dynamics but that the traditional political institutions remain change resistant. Rather than permitting a revolution, e-democracy contributes to a slow evolution of the political system
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Östling, Alina
Date time place
Defence date: 18 February 2014
Dewey number
324.65
Dissertation note
Thesis (Ph. D.)--European University Institute (SPS), 2014.
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no index present
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non fiction
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theses
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European University Institute
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  • EUI PhD theses
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  • Internet in public administration
  • Electronic government information
  • Political participation
  • Democracy
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Evolution rather than revolution : a comparative analysis of the quality of e-democracy, Alina Östling
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  • Examining Board: Professor Alexander H. Trechsel, European University Institute; Professor Donatella della Porta, European University Institute; Professor Rachel Gibson, University of Manchester; Professor Graham Smith, University of Westminster
  • Includes Annex, Survey Results
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier.
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text
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txt
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rdacontent.
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FIEb1751311x
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30 cm.
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v, 230 pages
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unmediated
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rdamedia.
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n
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(OCoLC)1088461347
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Evolution rather than revolution : a comparative analysis of the quality of e-democracy, Alina Östling
Publication
Note
  • Examining Board: Professor Alexander H. Trechsel, European University Institute; Professor Donatella della Porta, European University Institute; Professor Rachel Gibson, University of Manchester; Professor Graham Smith, University of Westminster
  • Includes Annex, Survey Results
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
FIEb1751311x
Dimensions
30 cm.
Extent
v, 230 pages
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1088461347

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