Parliamentary web presence: a comparative review

Lasse, Berntzen, Healy, Mike, Hahamis, Panos and Dunville, Debra (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 International, pp. 17-25. ISBN 9781905305353


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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.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: e-Government, e-democracy, open democracy, parliamentary web presence, transparency, e-participation
Subjects: University of Westminster > Westminster Business School
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2006
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2011 15:57

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