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dc.contributor.authorParvez, Zahid
dc.contributor.authorAhmed, Pervaiz K.
dc.date.accessioned2008-05-19T13:19:56Z
dc.date.available2008-05-19T13:19:56Z
dc.date.issued2006
dc.identifier.citationInformation, Communication & Society, 9(5): 612-632
dc.identifier.issn1468-4462
dc.identifier.issn1369-118X
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/13691180600965609
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/26759
dc.description.abstractThis paper evaluates the dominant perspectives for understanding e-democracy in practice. It argues that although these, on their own, only provide static and partial accounts of the role and implications of e-democracy, nevertheless they should not be disregarded. The paper proposes an integration of their key positions to generate a more rounded and complete account of the role of e-democracy in practice. It suggests that Giddens's Structuration Theory provides a starting point in this direction. A structuration perspective is able to integrate many of the diverse perspectives whilst simultaneously avoiding technological and social determinism by focusing attention on the interplay of social structures and agency in e-democracy practices. This perspective assists in illuminating the underlying institutional arrangements and structures in which e-democracy practices are embedded, as well as the strategies employed by human actors. It focuses attention on structures of signification, domination and legitimation that surround e-democracy practices and also how individuals are both enabled and constrained in these practices. It is argued that more complete and balanced accounts which emerge from such an integrated perspective could assist in developing a more effective e-democracy policy.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherRoutledge (Taylor & Francis)
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a758257244~db=all~order=page
dc.subjectDemocracy
dc.subjectE-democracy
dc.subjectE-governance
dc.subjectStructuration theory
dc.subjectInformatisation
dc.titleTowards building an integrated perspective on e-democracy
dc.typeJournal article
dc.identifier.journalInformation, Communication & Society
html.description.abstractThis paper evaluates the dominant perspectives for understanding e-democracy in practice. It argues that although these, on their own, only provide static and partial accounts of the role and implications of e-democracy, nevertheless they should not be disregarded. The paper proposes an integration of their key positions to generate a more rounded and complete account of the role of e-democracy in practice. It suggests that Giddens's Structuration Theory provides a starting point in this direction. A structuration perspective is able to integrate many of the diverse perspectives whilst simultaneously avoiding technological and social determinism by focusing attention on the interplay of social structures and agency in e-democracy practices. This perspective assists in illuminating the underlying institutional arrangements and structures in which e-democracy practices are embedded, as well as the strategies employed by human actors. It focuses attention on structures of signification, domination and legitimation that surround e-democracy practices and also how individuals are both enabled and constrained in these practices. It is argued that more complete and balanced accounts which emerge from such an integrated perspective could assist in developing a more effective e-democracy policy.


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