Parliamentary web presence: a comparative review

Lasse, B., Healy, M., Hahamis, P. and Dunville, D. 2006. Parliamentary web presence: a comparative review. in: Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on e-Government (ICEG 2006), 12-13 October 2006, Pittsburgh, USA Academic Conferences and Publishing International. pp. 17-25

Chapter titleParliamentary web presence: a comparative review
AuthorsLasse, B., Healy, M., Hahamis, P. and Dunville, D.
Abstract

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.

Keywordse-Government, e-democracy, open democracy, parliamentary web presence, transparency, e-participation
Book titleProceedings of the 2nd International Conference on e-Government (ICEG 2006), 12-13 October 2006, Pittsburgh, USA
Page range17-25
Year2006
PublisherAcademic Conferences and Publishing International
FileBerntzen_Healy_Hamamis_Dunville_Esteves_2006.pdf
Publication dates
Published2006
ISBN9781905305353

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