Paper Number

1490

Paper Type

Short Paper

Abstract

While the potential for technology to better facilitate participatory planning processes is widely recognized, research in this interdisciplinary field is at an early stage, especially regarding the normative and instrumental agenda. This paper presents findings from a qualitative case study which explores the state of eParticipation in Norway, focusing on initiatives within a Norwegian municipality. Through semi-structured interviews with municipal employees and affiliated experts from the field, we aim to explore the state of the legal infrastructure and the role of technology. Our findings reveal ambiguous and insufficiently developed guidelines and policies, hindering the effective implementation of ICT for inclusive engagement. The next phase of this research aims to pinpoint areas of improvement in the regulatory landscape concerning digital participation. Keywords: eParticipation, ICT, regulation, social inclusion, case study

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Regulatory ambiguity and implications for eParticipation: A case study in Norway

While the potential for technology to better facilitate participatory planning processes is widely recognized, research in this interdisciplinary field is at an early stage, especially regarding the normative and instrumental agenda. This paper presents findings from a qualitative case study which explores the state of eParticipation in Norway, focusing on initiatives within a Norwegian municipality. Through semi-structured interviews with municipal employees and affiliated experts from the field, we aim to explore the state of the legal infrastructure and the role of technology. Our findings reveal ambiguous and insufficiently developed guidelines and policies, hindering the effective implementation of ICT for inclusive engagement. The next phase of this research aims to pinpoint areas of improvement in the regulatory landscape concerning digital participation. Keywords: eParticipation, ICT, regulation, social inclusion, case study

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