E-Government and Monitory Democracy: Iceland's Crowdsourced Constitution


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    This paper explores government use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to facilitate civic involvement in democratic reform. It suggests that e-government offers the platforms needed to address increasing external pressures for greater government transparency and responsiveness, and to adapt to changing notions of political representation and participation. This paper draws from Iceland’s constitutional crowdsourcing to illustrate how it encouraged nation-wide public participation in democratic reform through both traditional and online methods. The initiative undertaken in Iceland signals a shift away from the transactional activities often associated with government ICT use, towards more open and responsive egovernment practices that inform democratic decision-making. This paper suggests that, to facilitate civic engagement, such participatory e-government should be an ongoing process that is incorporated into the everyday operations of governments to support and supplement existing political practices.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRefereed Proceedings of the 2013 Australian New Zealand Communication Association Conference
    EditorsT Lee, K Trees, R Desai
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    PublisherAustralian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA)
    Number of pages20
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventANZCA 2013 Global Networks - Global Divides: Bridging New and Traditional Communication Challenges - Fremantle, Fremantle, Australia
    Duration: 3 Jul 20135 Jul 2013

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    NameAustralian New Zealand Communication Association Conference Series
    PublisherAustralian New Zealand Communication Association
    ISSN (Print)1448-4331


    ConferenceANZCA 2013 Global Networks - Global Divides
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