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1 International Symposium on Local E-Democracy Donald F. Norris University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2005

2 Definition of E-Government International Symposium on Local E-Democracy Donald F. Norris University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2005 The electronic delivery of governmental information and services 24 hours per day, seven days per week The electronic delivery of governmental information and services 24 hours per day, seven days per week Norris, D.F., Fletcher, P.D., & Holden, S.H.. (2000). Is your local government plugged in? Highlights of the 2000 electronic government survey. Washington, D.C.: International City/County Management Association

3 E-Democracy is NOT e-government International Symposium on Local E-Democracy Donald F. Norris University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2005

4 International Symposium on Local E-Democracy Donald F. Norris University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2005 E-democracy comes from ? E-democracy comes from ? Top down- Bottom up ? Top down- Bottom up ?

5 Why e - democracy? International Symposium on Local E-Democracy Donald F. Norris University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2005

6 International Symposium on Local E-Democracy Donald F. Norris University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2005 Democracy is broken and “E” will fix it! Democracy is broken and “E” will fix it! Falling participation; decreasing trust. Falling participation; decreasing trust.

7 Definitions of E-democracy International Symposium on Local E-Democracy Donald F. Norris University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2005 Minimalist- information and access Minimalist- information and access Meaningful- participation and voting Meaningful- participation and voting … via electronic means…

8 The current state of e-democracy at the American grassroots? International Symposium on Local E-Democracy Donald F. Norris University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2005

9 The evidence: focus groups with key informants International Symposium on Local E-Democracy Donald F. Norris University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2005

10 Reasons for e-Government International Symposium on Local E-Democracy Donald F. Norris University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2005

11 e-Government Impacts International Symposium on Local E-Democracy Donald F. Norris University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2005

12 Future Plans for e-Government International Symposium on Local E-Democracy Donald F. Norris University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2005

13 Future Plans for e-Democracy International Symposium on Local E-Democracy Donald F. Norris University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2005

14 Operational Definition of e- democracy in the U.S. is minimalist International Symposium on Local E-Democracy Donald F. Norris University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2005

15 Little real e-democracy at the American grassroots now or in the foreseeable future International Symposium on Local E-Democracy Donald F. Norris University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2005

16 International focus group International Symposium on Local E-Democracy Donald F. Norris University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2005 More key informants, broader catchment area

17 International Symposium on Local E-Democracy Donald F. Norris University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2005 Few e-democracy projects reported Few e-democracy projects reported Mostly one-offs Mostly one-offs Little sustainability Little sustainability

18 Except for the UK, few nations with e-democracy focus International Symposium on Local E-Democracy Donald F. Norris University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2005

19 Little demand perceived for e- democracy International Symposium on Local E-Democracy Donald F. Norris University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2005

20 E-democracy will evolve differently in different political cultures International Symposium on Local E-Democracy Donald F. Norris University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2005

21 The problem is democracy International Symposium on Local E-Democracy Donald F. Norris University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2005 Not the “E”

22 E-democracy should not be limited to the internet International Symposium on Local E-Democracy Donald F. Norris University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2005

23 Conclusions International Symposium on Local E-Democracy Donald F. Norris University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2005

24 Early days of e-democracy International Symposium on Local E-Democracy Donald F. Norris University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2005

25 Advocates versus analysts International Symposium on Local E-Democracy Donald F. Norris University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2005

26 Can the “E” fix broken democracy International Symposium on Local E-Democracy Donald F. Norris University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2005 If, indeed, it is broken?

27 Will e-democracy occur ? International Symposium on Local E-Democracy Donald F. Norris University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2005 If it does, top down or bottom up?

28 Who will promote and administer e-democracy? International Symposium on Local E-Democracy Donald F. Norris University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2005

29 Will e-democracy supplant or supplement traditional means of participation? International Symposium on Local E-Democracy Donald F. Norris University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2005

30 A hybrid? International Symposium on Local E-Democracy Donald F. Norris University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2005 Traditional representative democracy Traditional representative democracy E-democracy for direct participation E-democracy for direct participation

31 END International Symposium on Local E-Democracy Donald F. Norris University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2005


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