Government and e-participation programs: A study of the challenges faced by institutional projects

Francisco Paulo Jamil Almeida Marques

Abstract


This paper examines the difficulties faced by government projects aimed at fostering citizens' political participation by using the Internet. After presenting the participatory tools found on two institutional Web sites (the Brazilian Presidency and the House of Representatives), I examine how the constraints pointed out by a relevant part of the literature in e-participation are reflected in such initiatives. Promoting online participation needs more than providing communication resources, since civic culture and other issues are still key factors in influencing our patterns of political involvement. A participatory use of digital tools depends more on circumstances, such as institutional willingness, than on technical mechanisms available.

Keywords


e-Democracy - e-Government - Political Participation - Political Institutions - Brazil

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v15i8.2858



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