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E-democracy Implementation: The Imperative of Agenda Setting

Oni, Aderonke A and Ayo, C. K. and Mbarika, Victor and Gberevbie, D.E. and Folarin, S. F. (2014) E-democracy Implementation: The Imperative of Agenda Setting. In: 14th European Conference on eGovernment, 12-13 June 2014, Braşov, Romania.

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Decline in the level of citizens’ participation due to disconnect between citizens and their representatives has been identified as one of the prominent challenges facing most democratic societies in the world today. E-democracy has been identified to have the potentials to reduce the contemporary estrangement between the democratic actors by creating new forms of engagement, deliberation, and collaboration in polity to make the democratic processes more inclusive and transparent. However, edemocracy initiatives in many countries have had mixed success as most e-democracy implementations have been unable to justify the essence of huge investments made into it. This research paper reviews existing edemocracy development processes and agenda of nations among the top twenty countries in e-participation implementation as rated in the UN Global E-Government Evaluation, 2010. The sample composed of secondary data sourced from information system centric academic journals, book chapters, conference proceedings, database of international development organisations (OECD, UN, EU) on e-democracy implementation reports and database of research institutions and centres that focus on e-government and e-democracy implementation. Findings revealed that most countries do not have well established framework and agenda setting for e-democracy implementation, but only based their e-democracy implementation on one of the objectives of their e-government implementation. As a result, policy content is largely missing in most edemocracy strategies at both conceptual and implementation stage. This paper therefore, presents a guideline for e-democracy agenda setting and discusses issues germane to establishing e-democracy agenda. It submits that for a successful e-democracy implementation, the agenda-setting phase should capture the legal and political processes of the country. In addition, e-democracy strategic vision, strategic aim and objectives, strategic policy, mode of implementation and overseeing body should be well articulated in the agenda setting phase of e-democracy implementation plan. The discussion will benefit both researchers, government and practitioners on successful e-democracy implementation as basis for societal development.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: E-democracy, government, agenda setting, policy, policy-making, strategy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Electronics and Computer Science
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2016 09:53
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2016 09:53

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