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Engaging Citizens: How can Public Institutions Take Advantage of ICT for More Inclusion? EIPAscope 01/2011

Archmann, Sylvia and Guiiffart, Astrid (2011) Engaging Citizens: How can Public Institutions Take Advantage of ICT for More Inclusion? EIPAscope 01/2011. EIPAScope, 2011 (1). pp. 21-24. ISSN 1025-6253

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    Abstract

    Information and communication technologies (ICT) have supported the emergence of online citizens’ communities and non-institutional actors involved in politics, who have shaped public opinion on a number of issues. In parallel to a relative decline in formal civic engagement – both in terms of voters’ turnout or political party membership – new kinds of participation fostered by digital media are influencing policy initiatives and government behaviour1. The new possibilities offered by the internet enable ordinary citizens or civil society stakeholders to voice their opinions, to organise and mobilise themselves as well as to interact with public officials2. Public institutions- referred to as bodies from all levels of government, national, local, regional or European- have a substantial role to play in the fostering of citizens’ involvement in public affairs through digital communication channels- regularly used by an increasing number of people around the globe. Information technology, by reason of its networking and linkage capacity is a crucial factor in strengthening civic engagement and ensuring a link between governmental organisations and grassroots. What is the relevance of digital media in the public participation challenge? How can public institutions use information technology to revive citizens’ interest in public affairs? Our view is that governments may build on the connectivity effect of online tools to encourage constituents’ participation in the policy process and get engaged in a two-way interaction with the public to better serve those who elect them.

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    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Internet; civic engagement.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > information technology policy
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > political parties
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > public opinion
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
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    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Journals > European Institute of Public Administration (Maastricht) > EIPASCOPE
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2012 22:56
    Number of Pages: 4
    Page Range: pp. 21-24
    Last Modified: 20 Feb 2012 22:56
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/33493

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