Youth online participation in government decision making

Dubravka Cecez-Kecmanovic*, Mary Anne Kennan, Daryll Hull

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Online participation in government decision making using the Internet and social networking technologies are expected to advance democracy, improve government decisions, increase citizens' trust in government, and enhance government accountability and transparency. Technologically savvy, immersed in the Internet and social networking, young citizens are creating new opportunities for governments to engage them online in consultative and decision making processes. However, not much is known about how to encourage young people to participate and engage online in these processes on a large scale. Their motivations for, and impediments to, participation are not well understood (Coleman, 2008). This paper contributes to better understanding of online youth participation and challenges of increasing participation by i) proposing a framework to explore levels of e-participation (the 'engagement ladder'), ii) presenting a field study of youth (aged 9-18) online participation in government decision making on public spending, and iii) by discussing field study results, including some practical problems and theoretical concerns for climbing the engagement ladder. The study confirmed young people's willingness to participate in government consultation then they believe in its authenticity and when they are engaged in their natural habitat - social networking spaces. The paper discusses features of consultation that motivated increasing participation and those that impeded it.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IADIS International Conference on e-Democracy, Equity and Social Justice
EditorsSandeep Krishnamurthy, Gurmit Singh, Maggie McPherson
Place of PublicationLisboa, Portugal
PublisherIADIS Press
Pages11-20
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9789728939243
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventIADIS Int. Conf. e-Commerce 2010,EC, IADIS Int. Conf. e-Democracy, Equity and Social Justice 2010,ED, Part of the MCCSIS 2010 - Freiburg, Germany
Duration: 26 Jul 201030 Jul 2010

Other

OtherIADIS Int. Conf. e-Commerce 2010,EC, IADIS Int. Conf. e-Democracy, Equity and Social Justice 2010,ED, Part of the MCCSIS 2010
CountryGermany
CityFreiburg
Period26/07/1030/07/10

Keywords

  • E-democracy
  • E-participation
  • Government decision-making
  • Youth online participation

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    Cecez-Kecmanovic, D., Kennan, M. A., & Hull, D. (2010). Youth online participation in government decision making. In S. Krishnamurthy, G. Singh, & M. McPherson (Eds.), Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference on e-Democracy, Equity and Social Justice (pp. 11-20). Lisboa, Portugal: IADIS Press.