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From Assumptions to Artifacts: Unfolding e-participation within Multi-level Governance
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2017 (English)In: Electronic Journal of e-Government, ISSN 1479-439X, E-ISSN 1479-439X, Vol. 15, no 2, p. 57-154Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The role of technological innovation within the context of governance processes is often embraced with rhetorical enthusiasm and seen as a de facto enabler for democratic decision‑making. Underpinning this enthusiasm is the leap of faith made from transparency to trust, from complexity to coherence. The belief that using new tools for e‑participation can generate dramatic transformation in public sector redesign and result in societal benefits is heralded as a shift towards public innovation. It is precisely this belief that we examine in this paper. We start our investigation by providing a conceptualization of what e‑participation means within the context of multi‑level governance. By using a cross case comparison of two European research projects, we provide an empirical base upon which we can examine the process of e‑participation and the implications of digital e‑participation tools for various levels of governance and public accountability. Furthermore we provide an interdisciplinary contribution in understanding the gap between what technological innovation makes possible and the acceptance or openness on the part of decision makers to embrace citizen input within policy processes.

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2017. Vol. 15, no 2, p. 57-154
Keywords [en]
Social Sensors, Open Governance, Crowdsourcing, e-participation, Trust
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Human Computer Interaction
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Information Society
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-152269OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-152269DiVA, id: diva2:1178525
Available from: 2018-01-30 Created: 2018-01-30 Last updated: 2018-02-01Bibliographically approved

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