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Reinventing the democratic governance project through information technology? A growing agenda for debate

Kakabadse, A. P., Kakabadse, N. K. and Kouzmin, A. (2003) Reinventing the democratic governance project through information technology? A growing agenda for debate. Public Administration Review. 63(1), pp. 44-60. 1540-6210.

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Abstract: Postindustrial societies have arrived at a moment of immense democratic and entrepreneurial opportunities that has been made possible by information technology. At the same time, however, these opportunities pose potential threats if they are not debated and planned for in consensually–legitimate ways. This article examines the current problems of representative democracy and the impact of information technology on the current and future quality of democratic governance. Four generic models of “electronic democracy” that are made possible by interactive information Technologies—electronic bureaucracy, information management, populist, and civil society—are analyzed in terms of their applicability and impact. Information technology’s impact on the roles, responsibilities, and accountability of citizens, elected representatives, the media, and corporations is also examined. This article proposes strategies for reinventing democratic governance, including recognizing community values, accommodating critical debate, and providing access for citizen participation in policy analysis.
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory > JC348 Forms of the state > JC423 Democracy
T Technology > T Technology (General) > T58.5 Information technology
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General) > JF1338 Public administration
Creators: Kakabadse, Andrew P, Kakabadse, Nada K and Kouzmin, Alexander
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Business & Law > Business and International Management (to 2010)
Faculties > Faculty of Business & Law > International Strategy & Business
Date: 1 February 2003
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 44-60
Journal or Publication Title: Public Administration Review
Volume: 63
Number: 1
Language: English
ISSN: 1540-6210
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes
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