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Users and Uses of Electronic Governance

International Journal of Electronic Governance (IJEG)

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Published on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 by Raphaëlle Daudé

Summary

The potential benefits of e-government and e-democracy, from improved public service delivery to new opportunities for citizenship participation, all presuppose the role, competence and engagement of citizens as users. In this special issue of the IJEG, we welcome original unpublished papers on how to conceptualize ‘the user’ in studies of e-governance, and research on users’ expectations and motivations, competencies and know-how, and actual experience and use of e-governance.

Announcement

International Journal of Electronic Governance (IJEG)

http://www.inderscience.com/ijeg

Special Issue on "Users and Uses of Electronic Governance", 2009

Deadline for paper submission: September 30, 2008 (extended)

Guest Editors:

Dr. Stéphanie Wojcik
Céditec, Université Paris-Est
e-mail: stephanie.wojcik@orange.fr

Mr. Giles Moss
New College, Oxford (UK)
e-mail: giles.moss@new.oxford.ac.uk

The potential benefits of e-government and e-democracy, from improved public service delivery to new opportunities for citizenship participation, all presuppose the role, competence and engagement of citizens as users. E-governance technologies and practices are designed with different uses in mind, and the user may be imagined and cast in numerous ways: as active citizens, consumers, workers, members of particular social groups, and so on. Beyond the question of Internet access and ‘the digital divide’, any beneficial effects of e-governance are contingent on the motivations and prior expectations of users, and their experience and actual use of e-governance technologies. User’s experiences are likely to be shaped by their perceptions of e-governance, including, inter alia, confidence in government, other political actors, and in the technology itself.

Much research on e-government and e-democracy focuses on the supply side. Research would benefit from placing analytical attention on the users and concrete uses of e-governance technologies. In this special issue, we welcome original unpublished papers on how to conceptualize ‘the user’ in studies of e-governance, and research on users’ expectations and motivations, competencies and know-how, and actual experience and use of e-governance. Contributions may refer to a range of ‘types’ of e-governance, at any scale and institutional level (international, national, regional or local). Research papers may be either qualitative or quantitative in approach, and come from any disciplinary or inter-disciplinary perspective.

Subject Coverage

Contributions to the special issue may address, but are not exclusively limited to, any of the following topics concerning the ‘users and uses of electronic governance’:

  • The prior assumptions that developers and designers of e-governance technologies have about users and uses, and how e-governance configures and privileges particular forms of use;
  • The motivations, prior expectations and perceptions of the users of e-governance;
  • Users’ actual experiences of e-governance systems, including, for instance, questions of usability and accessibility, and any unintended forms and consequences of use;
  • The role of e-governance technologies and practices in the everyday life of citizens;
  • Uses and perceptions of e-governance across different social groups and cultural contexts;
  • Influence of (user or text-based) interactivity on the user.

Notes for Intending Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published or be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

All papers are refereed through a double blind process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the IJEG Submission of Papers web-page.

All papers must be submitted online through the IJEG On-line Submissions System. If you experience any problems submitting your paper online, please contact submissions@inderscience.com, describing the exact problem you experience. Please include in your email the title of the Journal.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for paper submission: September 30, 2008 (extended)
  • Notification of acceptance / rejection: November 10, 2008
  • Final (camera-ready) papers submission: December 30, 2008
  • The special issue will be published in 2009.

IJEG Editor-in-Chief 

Prof. Panagiotis Georgiadis
University of Athens, E-Government Laboratory
IJEG Executive Editor

Prof. Dimitris Gouscos 
University of Athens, Department of Communication and Media Studi

Subjects

Date(s)

  • Monday, June 30, 2008

Keywords

  • users, uses, Internet, governance, democracy

Contact(s)

  • Stéphanie Wojcik
    courriel : stephanie [dot] wojcik [at] u-pec [dot] fr

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Stéphanie Wojcik
    courriel : stephanie [dot] wojcik [at] u-pec [dot] fr

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« Users and Uses of Electronic Governance », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, January 29, 2008, https://calenda.org/194289

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