Local democracy online: An analysis of local government web sites in England and Wales
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CitationPratchett, L., Wingfield, M. & Karakaya Polat, R. (2007). Local democracy online: An analysis of local government web sites in England and Wales. E-Government Research: Policy and Management, 120-139. doi:10.4018/978-1-59904-913-7.ch005
This report from the field analyzes the extent to which local authorities in England and Wales have responded to the e-democracy agenda by examining their Web sites and assessing their potential to deliver democracy. The analysis of Web sites provides a powerful insight into how local government is using the Internet to promote democracy. Two aspects of Web site use are particularly significant. First, the analysis reveals the overall commitment to e-democracy in local government, as it is a measure of actual behavior rather than simply an attitudinal survey. Second, it highlights the types of democratic structure being supported and the values being emphasized in the implementation of e-democracy. The research demonstrated that the potential of the Internet for enhancing democracy is not fully exploited by local authorities and there remain considerable variations between different authorities.
SourceE-Government Research: Policy and Management
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