Horrocks, Ivan and Bellamy, Christine
Telematics and community governance: Issues for policy and practice.
International Journal of Public Sector Management, 10(5),
The succesful forging of community(or local) governance depends on the capacity of the actors within the system to develop and manage complex and flexible networks of relationships. This article seeks to explore the increasingly crucial role that contemporary telematics can play in the developmewnt and maintenance of such networks, and some of the issues which arise. (Telematics is taken to mean the technical convergence and integrated application of information processing and telecommunications technologies.) We approach the topic from a local authority perspective because, despite the profound changes to the environment of local government, local authorities still occupy a central position within emerging systems of community governance and will continue to do so, as long as they are prepared to undertake the organisational and political change that such a role requires.
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