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The information ecology of parliamentary monitoring websites: Pathways towards strengthening democracy

The information ecology of parliamentary monitoring websites: Pathways towards strengthening... This paper investigates the monitoring ofparliamentarians by independent parliamentary monitoring organizations(PMOs). Three parliamentary monitoring websites (PMWs) in Germany, theUnited Kingdom, and France are compared regarding their contribution tostrengthening democracy. An information ecology perspective reveals theinterrelationships between the national institutional context, thedemocratic values pursued by the initiators, and website design. Two typesof PMWs can be distinguished. One type focuses on enabling citizens todischarge their monitorial role, whereas the other type combines this focuswith an explicit reformist stance. PMWs seem to have positive effects onvarious aspects of transparency and accountability. However, a betterunderstanding is needed about what these websites entail for the quality ofparliamentary work. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Information Polity IOS Press

The information ecology of parliamentary monitoring websites: Pathways towards strengthening democracy

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IOS Press
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Copyright © 2015 IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved
ISSN
1570-1255
eISSN
1875-8754
DOI
10.3233/IP-150372
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Abstract

This paper investigates the monitoring ofparliamentarians by independent parliamentary monitoring organizations(PMOs). Three parliamentary monitoring websites (PMWs) in Germany, theUnited Kingdom, and France are compared regarding their contribution tostrengthening democracy. An information ecology perspective reveals theinterrelationships between the national institutional context, thedemocratic values pursued by the initiators, and website design. Two typesof PMWs can be distinguished. One type focuses on enabling citizens todischarge their monitorial role, whereas the other type combines this focuswith an explicit reformist stance. PMWs seem to have positive effects onvarious aspects of transparency and accountability. However, a betterunderstanding is needed about what these websites entail for the quality ofparliamentary work.

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Information PolityIOS Press

Published: Nov 25, 2015

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