Does e-governance facilitate citizen empowerment in democracies? A critical discourse analysis

Bardo Fraunholz, Chandana Unnithan

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E-governance is professed to be a facilitator for citizen empowerment in both developed and developing democracies. Governments believe that being accessible online with no time barriers facilitates uniform services delivery, increasing the reach in developing democracies, while re-engaging passive citizens in developed democracies. Examining varied selected examples, in this paper, we take a closer look at this perception of e-governance being a catalyst in empowering citizens in democracies, through a critical discourse analysis. We focus on the elections and related issues, in particular, amongst some nations, as this process is regarded as crucial for the existence of democracies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-155
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal of Electronic Governance
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes



  • Citizen empowerment
  • Democracy
  • E-governance
  • Web 2.0

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