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Title: Experimental E-Deliberation in Taiwan: A Comparison of Online and Face-to-face Citizens
Authors: Chen, Don-yun;Huang, Tong-yi;Hsiao, Nai-yi;Lin, Tze-Luen;Lee, Chung-pin
Contributors: 公行系
Date: 2009
Issue Date: 2014-12-05 10:59:24 (UTC+8)
Publisher: ISBN 9781605662824
Abstract: This chapter introduces a case of e-deliberation in Taiwan. Democratic deepening can be achieved by the application of information and communication technologies (ICTs), based upon their ability to connect people at a relatively low cost. Following the theories and application of deliberative democracy and e-government, experimentation is increasingly being conducted to answer the critical question: “will ICTs help?” It offers a quasi-experimental design of two citizen conferences held simultaneously in the Beitou area of Taipei, Taiwan; one face-to-face and the other online, with all other factors being equal. The results suggest that whilst online conferencing is as good as face-to-face conferencing on all fronts (with the single exception of time constraints), the expansion of e-deliberation to county- or national-level issues presents significant challenges. More evidence from further experimentation will be required to form viable strategies for fulfilling the “e-dream” of revitalizing democracy through ICTs at community, local, and national levels.
Relation: Handbook of Research on Strategies for Local E-Government Adoption and Implementation: Comparative Studies, IGI Global, 323-347.
Data Type: book/chapter
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