|Chapter title||Parliamentary web presence: a comparative review|
|Authors||Lasse, B., Healy, M., Hahamis, P. and Dunville, D.|
Parliamentary web presence is seen as a tool designed to buttress a range of key parliamentary functions operating within an overarching democratic framework. Many governments have embarked upon ambitious e-government programmes in the hope of increasing participation. However, there is now a growing realisation that e-government strategies have not achieved the hoped-for success and there is an increasing body of research concerned with analysing these problems. This paper seeks to add to this body of research and draws upon insights provided by usability studies developed to provide an analysis of various parliament websites. It also compares how parliaments of several countries use ICT to increase transparency and to facilitate participation of citizens. As such it is the first of its kind to undertake work of this nature. The paper concludes by arguing for a usability framework for analysing the effectiveness of e-parliaments. This could be used by e-government web designers and architects alike to identify weaknesses, within a specific area, of both the form and content of their parliament and other e-government websites.
|Keywords||e-Government, e-democracy, open democracy, parliamentary web presence, transparency, e-participation|
|Book title||Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on e-Government (ICEG 2006), 12-13 October 2006, Pittsburgh, USA|
|Publisher||Academic Conferences and Publishing International|