Papaloi et al.: Blending Social Media with Parliamentary Websites: An Approach to e-Participation

Aspasia Papaloi of the Hellenic Parliament, Eleni Revekka Staiou of the University of Athens, and Professor Dr. Dimitris Gouscos of the University of Athens, have published Blending Social Media with Parliamentary Websites: Just a Trend, or a Promising Approach to e-Participation?, in Christopher G. Reddick, Stephen K. Aikins (Editors), Web 2.0 Technologies and Democratic Governance (pp. 259-275) (Springer 2012), volume 1 of the series Public Administration and Information Technology.

Here is the abstract:

This chapter discusses how social media use can enhance interaction between citizens and parliaments. The presence of parliamentary institutions in Europe and the Americas in social media is researched and quantitatively assessed. A specific question, on the citizen side, is to what extent social media is used by parliaments for informative purposes only, or for more substantial forms of citizen feedback. The ways in which parliaments can change to use social media for transparency and citizen engagement are therefore investigated. This chapter contributes to the research on using social media to enhance transformation of public bodies and citizen participation for democratic governance.

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