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Electronic democracy: A policy issue for UK local government?

Horrocks, Ivan and Webb, Jeff (1994). Electronic democracy: A policy issue for UK local government? Local Government Policy Making, 21(3) pp. 22–30.

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The application of ICT in local government in the UK has almost exclusively focused on the benefits which new technology can bring in terms of supporting and improving service delivery and management and in achieving efficiency gains.However, ICTs can also be used in other ways, for example, to improve political participation and strengthen democracy. It is through developments in these areas - often referred to as electronci democracy - that many authors from the US, and increasingly Europe, have suggested we might begin to address the issue of the democratic deficit.In this article we provide a sketch of the subject through a review of the development of electronic democracy and the concepts of democracy that underpin them. We then link this debate to the local government reform agenda in the UK.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 1994 Insitute of Local Government Studies
ISSN: 0305-3695
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Mathematics, Computing and Technology
Item ID: 18678
Depositing User: Ivan Horrocks
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2009 14:38
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2016 12:01
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