The Electronic Journal of e-Government aims to publish perspectives on topics relevant to the study, implementation and management of e-Government
Click here to see other Scholarly Electronic Journals published by API
For a range of research text books on this and complimentary topics visit the Academic Bookshop

Information about the European Conference on e-Government is available here

To join the EJEG review committee click here
 

Journal Article

e‑Citizens : Blogging as Democratic Practice Associate Professor  pp199-210

Mary Griffiths

© Oct 2004 Volume 2 Issue 3, Editor: Frank Bannister, pp147 - 218

Look inside Download PDF (free)

Abstract

Bloggers are able to publish political commentary online, without having to deal with traditional media gatekeepers, such as news editors and other media professionals. Networked blogging is impacting on political life as individual politicians and citizen‑journalists go online in the newest media genre. The blogosphere helps construct citizen‑users' democratic literacies and participation in new ways. Using a governmental framework and selected examples, I analyze the generic features of the political blog, and the nature of the relationships and capacities formed by the personal modes of address in specific virtual publics. Blogs are obviously more than ways of "preaching to the choir" (Lenhart, qtd in AFP, 2003) ƒ but what is the nature of the e‑governance work they are doing?

 

Keywords: Blogs, democratic literacies, participation, governmentality, political marketing

 

Share |

Journal Article

e‑Governmentality: On Electronic Administration in Local Government  pp39-48

Katarina Giritli Nygren

© Jan 2009 Volume 7 Issue 1, Editor: Frank Bannister, pp1 - 122

Look inside Download PDF (free)

Abstract

As a consequence of the advance of information technology into the realm of public administration, we are now faced with a potential increase in efficiency of a scope and power not previously seen. The intentional use of information technology to modernise the public sector goes internationally by the name of e‑Government. While e‑ Government's greatest impact thus far has been to promote customer satisfaction, its guiding spirit is more ambitious, with the fundamental reorganisation of the entire public sector in its sights. The overall purpose of this paper is to contribute to the understanding of how public administration at a local authority level adapts to impending e‑Government by considering the discourses that are manifested and how they are used to understand and legitimise electronic administration. The present study uses critical discourse analysis to shed light on those discursive orders that are revealed in the course of deliberations on electronic administration at the local government level. On the one hand, it is possible to see electronic administration as a refinement ‑ and a reform ‑ of a bureaucracy's techniques. On the other hand, it is equally possible to view it in the light of free market ideology.

 

Keywords: e-Government, state management, public sector, critical discourse analysis, public administration, governmentality

 

Share |