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Citizen consultation from above and below : the Australian perspective

Bruns, Axel & Wilson, Jason A. (2010) Citizen consultation from above and below : the Australian perspective. In Reddick, Christopher G. (Ed.) Politics, Democracy and e-Government : Participation and Service Delivery. IGI Global, Hershey, PA, pp. 332-346.

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Abstract

Citizen engagement and e‐government initiatives in Australia remain somewhat underdeveloped, not least for a number of fundamental structural reasons. Fledgling initiatives can be divided into a number of broad categories, including top‐down government consultation through blogs and similar experimental online sites operated by government departments; bottom‐up NGO‐driven watchdog initiatives such as GetUp!’s Project Democracy site, modelled on projects established in the UK; and a variety of more or less successful attempts by politicians (and their media handlers) to utilise social networking tools to connect with constituents while bypassing the mainstream media. This chapter explores these initiatives, and discusses the varying levels of success which they have found to date.

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ID Code: 39502
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: A version of this chapter was presented at the Conference on Electronic Democracy, Vienna, 7‐8 Sep. 2009
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Keywords: government, policy, participation, consultation, politics
ISBN: 9781615209330
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Australian Government and Politics (160601)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Studies (200101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Media Studies (200104)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 IGI Global
Deposited On: 10 Jan 2011 21:58
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:33

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