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What is Network Democracy

Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Second Edition
Innovative application of the principles of democracy in the nonhierarchical network-based public governance.
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Democratic E-Governance
Ari-Veikko Anttiroiko (University of Tampere, Finland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-026-4.ch158
The changing role of the state and a managerialist view of the operations of public sector organizations gave rise to the idea of new public governance. Gradually more citizencentered views of governance also emerged, reflecting a need to strengthen the role of citizens and communities in governance processes at different institutional levels. This development, especially since the mid-1990’s, has been affected by new technologies, leading to a kind of coevolution of institutional arrangements and technological solutions that have paved the way for a better understanding of the potentials of democratic e-governance.
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