Internet : a gateway to democracy? a comparative analysis of Turkish and Italian e - government experiences
Amme Idaresi Dergisi
Turkiye ve Orta Dogu Amme Idaresi Enstitusu
141 - 162
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This paper, considering effective citizen participation in decision-making processes as one of the indispensable aspects of democracy, seeks to investigate how and to what extent central and local governments make use of potentialities of ICTs, particularly the Internet, to improve democratic processes. For this purpose, after giving an account of the theoretical debate on the relationship between e-government and e-democracy, Internet use of the Turkish and Italian central governments has been analyzed with the comparative content analysis method. By means of a comparison of official websites, namely www.turkiye.gov.tr and www.italia.gov.it, in terms of design and operation, it is sought to understand how these governments perceive and practice the relationship between e-government and e-democracy.