E-Government and E-Democracy in Latin America

E-Government and E-Democracy in Latin America

Ester Kaufman (FLACSO, Argentina)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-575-7.ch046
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Abstract

Latin America is suffering from many of the negative consequences of globalization, without benefiting from many of its advantages. Among the advantages are those derived from the increasing availability of ICT and from the potential development of citizens’ participation to foster e-democracy. In general, the corporation of ICT have not been carefully thought through by many of the governments in LAC. In the case of e-government, the effects of the underlying relationship models between government and society as portrayed on each country’s main portal site (hereinafter called “portal”) not only vary but generally do not show any appreciation of the transformation of government services. Mexico, Peru, Chile, Venezuela, Uruguay and Brazil appear to be engaged in the early processes of modernization of services, networking, and online access to governmental administration. The rest of LAC appear to be well behind these countries efforts.

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