E-Governance and E-Democracy: Questioning Technology-Centered Categories

Eran Fisher

in The Oxford Handbook of Governance

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199560530
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

 E-Governance and E-Democracy: Questioning Technology-Centered Categories

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This article comments on the assumption that e-governance and e-democracy are essentially policy decisions made by governments to improve governance practices and revitalize democracy, and that these projects materialize by implementing new information and communication technology (ICT). It investigates the social and political context within which these projects emerge, and evaluates the role of technology discourse in the legitimation of a given political culture and a given constellation of power. The article proposes an alternative model which sees e-governance and e-democracy as contradictory trends, and explains that a project of e-governance might actually exacerbate the democratic deficit which e-democracy is set to solve.

Keywords: e-governance; e-democracy; policy decisions; governance practices; ICT; political culture; democratic deficit

Article.  6853 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy

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