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The dictator’s new clothes: the relationship between e-participation and quality of government in non-democratic regimes
University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway.
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Forskarskolan offentlig verksamhet i utveckling (FOVU))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5485-8577
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Public Administration, ISSN 0190-0692, E-ISSN 1532-4265, Vol. 36, no 4, p. 269-281Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It is often assumed that the development of e-participation and e-government initiatives aimed at stimulating citizen participation in the political process and fostering more efficient governmental services harbours a great potential for improved control of corruption and government performance. Thus, e-participation is often argued to be an efficient instrument for increasing transparency and quality of government in non-democratic and developmental countries. However, this article argues that these assumptions should be questioned on both empirical and methodological grounds. The results of the empirical time-series cross-section analyses show that positive development in terms of e-participation in non-democratic countries does not lead to corresponding positive effects in terms of control of corruption and quality of government. Rather, in many cases the Internet offers political elites new opportunities in their quest for remaining in power.

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2013. Vol. 36, no 4, p. 269-281
Keywords [en]
E-participation, Corruption, Quality of government, Non-democratic regimes
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Political Science
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-25575DOI: 10.1080/01900692.2012.757619OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-25575DiVA, id: diva2:548132
Available from: 2012-08-29 Created: 2012-08-29 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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