Significant developments are occurring in the domain of electronic government within the UK – the use of ICT to enable re-structuring of governmental processes. In this paper we look at that subset of e-Government known as electronic democracy. In particular, we describe how electronic consultation, an important facet of electronic democracy, is being used to procure ideas from partnership organisations and citizenry in relation to the policy formulation processes at a devolved regional assembly in the UK – the National Assembly for Wales (NAfW). We utilise a process model of governance focused around the concept of the policy cycle. This process is currently being enabled at the NAfW through the development of a series of bespoke ICT systems. Such forms of ICT innovation are seen by many to be significant ways in which government may re-engage with its populace, address issues of social exclusion in the area of democratic participation and generally re-energise the democratic process.
Beynon-Davies, Paul; Owens, Ian; Williams, Michael D.; and Hill, Rebecca, "Electronic Consultation at the National Assembly for Wales" (2003). ECIS 2003 Proceedings. 13.