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Wolverhampton Intellectual Repository and E-Theses > Business School > Management Research Centre  > Informatization of local democracy: A structuration perspective

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Title: Informatization of local democracy: A structuration perspective
Authors: Parvez, Zahid
Citation: Information Polity, 11(1): 67-83
Publisher: IOS Press
Journal: Information Polity
Issue Date: 2006
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2436/26770
Additional Links: http://iospress.metapress.com/content/a8fn1nb9d444e0r7/
Abstract: Academics and researchers face a challenge of making sense of the role e-democracy plays in the democratic process and with what implications. This requires a deeper understanding of the objectives and assumptions that underpin e-democracy innovations, as well as institutional and technology structures that condition their role in democratic engagement. This paper interprets case study data collected from three UK local authorities in light of Giddens Structuration theory to make sense of the role e-democracy plays in the democratic process. From the data, it elicits and identifies categories of social structures as perceived by different actors surrounding e-democracy. The insights gained suggest that social structures influence actors in prioritising, shaping and appropriating e-democracy and thus, in moderating its role in local democracy. Using these insights the paper offers some useful suggestions for enhancing democratic engagement through e-democracy projects.
Type: Article
Language: en
Keywords: Structuration
Informatisation
E-democracy
Local authorities
Democracy
ISSN: 1570-1255
1875-8754
Appears in Collections: Management Research Centre

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