The Governance of e-Democracy: From Consultation to Participation. John Morison Connex Seminar , QUB 23 rd September 2005. The Governance of e-Democracy: From Consultation to Participation. Consultation imperatives Government consultation practice Better consultation - a recommendation.
Connex Seminar , QUB
23rd September 2005
- a recommendation
Perceived irrelevance of state structures Participation
Reduced use of formal democratic process – election turnouts of less than 40%
Marginalisation of minorities, sense of disempowermenta. Crisis in Democracy: A disconnect between formal electoral process and democracy
“democracy is a struggle over power, and as such, it provides an entirely different experience to those who hold power and those who do not”
Formal and electoral
Blind as to informal inequalities
Justificatory and legitimising
Informal and substantive
Challenging and empowering
processRadical, transformative democracy
From simple e-voting to an electronic agora?
An international phenomenon
OECD Briefing on Public Sector Modernisation (2003) http://www.oecd.org/publications/pol_brief
“Steering not rowing”
D. Osbourne and T Gaebler
Reinventing Government (1992)
“The restructuring of government should follow the ecological principle of ‘getting more from less’, understood not as downsizing but as improving delivered value”
A Giddens, The Third Way: The Renewal of Social Democracy (1998) at p. 74.
a style of government aimed at
- reinvigorating public services
- introducing new concepts of efficiency
including elements of private sector efficiency, but without ceding control to the same extent as with earlier versions of privatisation
- Ensuring that the public sector will operate in a way that is “as efficient, dynamic and effective as anything in the private sector”
“it is by embracing customer satisfaction as the key driver for public services – finding out what people actually want from their services and using that information to drive change programmes – that we can help public services catch up with the best on offer in wider society”.
Public Service Reform: The Key to Social Justice. A Speech to the Social Market Foundation by the Rt Hon John Hutton MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office on 24th August 2005 (available at http://www.smf.co.uk/index.php).
- Online Services- 100% target
- Consultation mechanisms- fine-tuning market led service delivery mechanisms
Democracy and the nature of decision-making
ii. Hearing many voices
- integrated systems for this are coming soon…