Anti-apathy approaches in representative democracies: e-governance and web 2.0 – facilitating citizen involvement?

Bardo Fraunholz, Chandana Unnithan
2008 International Journal of Electronic Democracy  
Apathetic citizens disenchanted with conventional channels of participation in democratic processes are a predicament for mature representative democracies, as it reflects in the depleting voter turnouts in elections and participation in community associations. Recognising the reverberations of this apathy on governance, economies ostensibly search for anti apathy approaches. Recently E-governance using the pervasive power of the internet/Web 2.0, during the election has been instrumental for
more » ... mocratic engagement. We considered Australia and France, applying a historiographical view exploring the pre-election scenarios, attempting to evaluate the use of the Internet/Web 2.0 as valid benchmarking anti-apathy approaches of e-governance, to facilitate citizen participation.
doi:10.1504/ijed.2008.021278 fatcat:qfd57uyjlfaqtnu6d4rtixqsry