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Technology and democracy: Validity in measurements of e-democracy
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
2015 (English)In: Democratization, ISSN 1351-0347, E-ISSN 1743-890X, Vol. 22, no 4, 698-713 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The use of information and communication technologies in democratic processes, often summarized by the term e-democracy, has seldom been analysed from a global perspective. Although the United Nations E-Participation Index provides one of the few examples of an international measurement of e-democracy, it has been thoroughly criticized; at the same time, however, a number of studies have broadened our understanding of the global determinants of e-democracy by using this very index. In this study, I approach this problem by considering (i) whether the UN E-Participation Index is a valid measurement of e-democracy and (ii) whether any alternative measurements of e-democracy present themselves. In answer to these questions, it would seem that the index, despite its flaws, is not necessarily as problematic as is assumed, although there are observations that violate essential theoretical assumptions and so reduce its validity. Furthermore, its use in combination with measurements of democracy agrees with the emphasis in the literature on e-democracy being embedded in democracy, and results in a measurement that better corresponds with theoretical ideas of e-democracy.

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2015. Vol. 22, no 4, 698-713 p.
Keyword [en]
information and communication technologies, e-democracy, democracy, UN E-Participation Index, global comparison
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-25417DOI: 10.1080/13510347.2013.873407ISI: 000356958300006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84937523108OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-25417DiVA: diva2:834921
Available from: 2015-06-30 Created: 2015-06-30 Last updated: 2015-08-17Bibliographically approved

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