ICTs as Participatory Vehicles

ICTs as Participatory Vehicles

Marc Holzer (Rutgers University, Newark, USA) and Richard Schwester (Rutgers University, Newark, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-553-5.ch242
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Abstract

While citizen participation is central to democratic governance, there is a noticeable disconnect between elected representatives and the citizenry, as evidenced by voter apathy, decreased levels of civic participation, and widespread cynicism toward political institutions (Hudson, 2001; Putnam, 2000; Berman, 1997). Citizen participation advocates, however, are optimistic that information and communications technologies (ICTs) will facilitate direct interactions between citizens and government, thereby altering the dynamics of the policy-making process by affording the citizenry a stronger voice. This article examines the integration of ICTs and digital democratic applications in the context of citizen participation in government.

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