E-Participation in Lithuanian Representative Power

Rimantas Petrauskas, Eglė Malinauskienė, Gintarė Paražinskaitė, Neringa Vegytė

Abstract


This paper considers how e-participation can strengthen confidence in democratic institutions and players in Lithuania, and concentrates on the overall development of electronic democracy and electronic participation (e-participation) tools used by the Lithuanian members of Parliament (MPs) and political parties. Firstly, a brief overview of the previous studies about e-participation initiatives of the politicians’ worldwide is provided. Secondly, follows the description of the methodology. Thirdly, the authors discuss democracy development trends in the information society and then present main findings of the survey completed in August 2007 – January 2009 on the websites of the Lithuanian MPs and political parties. Finally, the conclusions of Lithuanian case study and the recommendations to Lithuanian representative power are given.

Keywords


electronic participation; electronic democracy; information society; website benchmarking study; representative power

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"Public Policy and Administration" ISSN online 2029-2872 / ISSN print 1648-2603