E-Parliament and ICT-Based Legislation: Concept, Experiences and Lessons

E-Parliament and ICT-Based Legislation: Concept, Experiences and Lessons

Mehmet Zahid Sobaci (University of Uludag, Turkey)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: November, 2011|Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 371
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-329-4
ISBN13: 9781613503294|ISBN10: 1613503296|EISBN13: 9781613503300
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Concepts such as e-voting, e-democracy, e-participation, online campaigning, and e-parliament are the most powerful proof of the use of ICTs in political activities, processes, and institutions.

E-Parliament and ICT-Based Legislation: Concept, Experiences and Lessons presents a conceptual framework regarding e-parliament and analyzes the impacts of ICTs on the structure of parliament, its functions, relations with other actors, and the legislative process. As a result of the means and opportunities created by ICTs, parliaments have had a chance to simplify and integrate their administrative processes and involve citizens in legislative processes. This book reflects on new understandings, developments, and practices in parliaments within the framework of ICT usage.


The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Characterizing Legislative Websites
  • Citizen Participation
  • Communication and Documentation on Parliamentary Websites
  • Connecting Citizens to the European Parliament
  • E-Parliament Services
  • E-Participation Mechanisms
  • Parliamentary Websites in Developing Countries
  • Parliamentary Websites in the Budget Process
  • Strengthening Parliaments through ICT
  • Worldwide Diffusion of E-Parliament
Reviews and Testimonials

We often learn more from our failures than from our successes, and in this regard, the book has much to teach. It asks about the realities and myths of e-participation. It poses the question of how differences in cultural values and norms may affect the use of technology in a society. It raises questions that we cannot yet answer and it encourages us to learn more, to understand better, and to share with each other.

– Jeffrey Griffith, Senior Advisor, Global Centre for ICT in Parliament

The book provides case studies that highlight the necessary conceptual frameworks and the lessons that have been learned.

– David Mason, Victoria University of Wellington, Online Information Review, Vol. 37, No. 1

E-Parliament and ICT-Based Legislation is an interesting book to have on your shelves. It is packed with information, particularly on case studies one hardly ever hears about. This is a book that will be of use for anyone interested in the issues of e-parliament, ICT and the public, or management, technology and institutions. [...]

The book brings together an impressive number of authors, from various backgrounds, both academics and practitioners; it also combines authors from different types of subject background: from ICT, communication, management, to others from a more parliamentary specific background. This provides a wealth of varied approaches to the topic.

– Cristina Leston-Bandeira, University of Hull, Journal of Legislative Studies, 20(4)
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Editor/Author Biographies
Mehmet Zahid Sobaci is an Assistant Professor of Department of Public Administration at Uludag University. He received his PhD in Public Administration from Uludag University. His research interests are administrative reform, e-government, e-participation, policy transfer, governence, and new public management. He teaches courses on Public Administration, Local Governments, Public Personnel Management, and Administrative Reform. He is the author of Administrative Reform and Policy Transfer: The Diffusion of the New Public Management (in Turkish) and Public Administration in Theory and Practice (in Turkish). He is also the author of several articles and chapters published in national and international journals, books, and international conferences.
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Editorial Review Board
  • Ari-Veikko Anttiroiko, University of Tampare, Finland
  • Xiudian Dai, University of Hull, UK
  • Dennis W. Johnson, George Washington University, USA
  • Wainer Lusoli, European Commission-Joint Reserach Center, Spain
  • Karen Mossberger, University of Illinois, USA
  • Bekir Parlak, University of Uludag, Turkey
  • Christopher G. Reddick, University of Texas, USA