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eParticipation research: systematizing the field
Örebro University, Örebro University School of Business.
Örebro University, Örebro University School of Business.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3713-346X
2012 (English)In: Government Information Quarterly, ISSN 0740-624X, E-ISSN 1872-9517, Vol. 29, no 3, p. 373-382Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It has been widely acknowledged recently that the research field of eParticipation suffers from lack of comprehensive theoretical contributions, insufficient depth, and inconsistency in definitions of central concepts. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the field researchers find it difficult to consolidate their theoretical groundwork and further theory building in the eParticipation domain. This paper reports a literature study of conceptual publications on the subject of eParticipation/eDemocracy in the time frame of 2007–2009. Its objectives are to track recent theoretical development in the field, to reveal constraints and limitations to researching the area, and to offer some suggestions for further inquiry. The results show that most theories currently used in conceptual eParticipation research originate from the fields of Political Science and Media and Communication Studies. But together with this, contemporary eParticipation authors contribute to strengthening the field with some “in-house” models and frameworks as well. Central problems with eParticipation research concern immaturity of the field, topical gaps, and biased assumptions. The review shows that the themes of recent publications can be grouped into three major categories: stakeholders, environment, and applications and tools. It also finds some interconnections between these categories; however, in general the coupling technology–stakeholders–(participatory) environments is weak.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2012. Vol. 29, no 3, p. 373-382
Keywords [en]
eParticipation, eDemocracy, eGovernment, research, literature review
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Informatics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-24327DOI: 10.1016/j.giq.2011.11.005ISI: 000306150700006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84862528508OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-24327DiVA, id: diva2:543706
Available from: 2012-08-09 Created: 2012-08-09 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
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1. Participation in open government
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2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro university, 2015. p. 119
Series
Örebro Studies in Informatics ; 8
Keywords
open government, participation, challenge, e-participation, open data
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Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Informatics
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urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-42254 (URN)978-91-7529-066-9 (ISBN)
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2015-04-27, Hörsalen, Musikhögskolan, Örebro universitet, Fakultetsgatan 1, Örebro, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2015-01-29 Created: 2015-01-29 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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