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Structuring e-Participation Perspectives: Mapping and Aligning Models to Core Facets

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Edited Conference Meeting Proceeding
A proliferation of e-participation research in recent years has produced fragmented contributions in the area of e-participation models. Without a mechanism for analyzing, relating and consolidating these models, further development of the domain is in danger of repeating itself. This paper presents such a mechanism – an Integrative Framework which organizes e- participation models based on the nature and specific aspects of e- participation supported. The Integrative Framework enables mapping of models to 12 different facets constructed from a combination of three related perspectives and four canonical aspects of e-participation. While our genealogical analysis of the models showed in general weak relationships among models, our Framework enabled logical groupings of these models as a basis for consolidation, alignment or complementarity analyses. Mappings also clearly revealed aspects of e-participation that are yet to be (sufficiently) addressed. We conclude with recommendations for fostering rigorous and incremental model development in the e-participation domain.
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14th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research, dg.o 2013
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National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)
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