“Open”: the changing relation between citizens, public administration, and political authority

  • Ursula Maier-Rabler ICT&S Center, University of Salzburg
  • Stefan Huber CT&S Center, University of Salzburg
Keywords: Open Government, Open Data, Open Information, Open Innovation, Open Commons, Open Collaboration, Open Government Platform, Public Value,

Abstract

"Open" is not just a fancy synonym for transparent and accountable. The "Open" in Open Government, Open Data, Open Information, and Open Innovation stands for the changing relation between citizens and authorities. Many citizens no longer accept the passive stance representative democracy held for them. They take an active approach in setting up better means of collaboration by ICTs. They demand and gain access to their historically grown collective knowledge stored in government data. Not just on a local level, they actively shape the political agenda. Open Government is to be seen in the context of citizens‘ rights: the right to actively participate in the process of agenda-setting and decision-making. Research into open government needs to address the value of the changing relation between citizens, public administration, and political authority. The paper argues finally for the application of the Public Value concept to research into open government.

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Author Biographies

Ursula Maier-Rabler, ICT&S Center, University of Salzburg

Ursula Maier-Rabler

Ursula Maier-Rabler is head of the the ePolicy & eSociety Unit at the interdisciplinary “Center for advanced research and studies in information and communication technologies and society” (ICT&S Center) at the University of Salzburg, Austria. Besides her basic research interest in the Internet and digital networks, and their interrelationship with society, issues like e-democracy and e-participation, eLearning and cultures of information and communication are in the center of her focus. Current e-policy research, in particular comparative studies on ICT-policies of European Member States, attempt to identify different policy practices and introduce a culturally sensitive e-policy model

Stefan Huber, CT&S Center, University of Salzburg

Stefan Huber is a doctoral researcher at the ePolicy & eSociety Unit of the ICT&S Center at Salzburg University. He obtained an MA in political science at Salzburg University and the CEP of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) de Rennes, France. His research comprises e-democracy, e-participation, open government and open data, participatory society, new media literacy and political education, public value and participatory online budgeting.

Published
2012-01-05
How to Cite
Maier-Rabler, U., & Huber, S. (2012). “Open”: the changing relation between citizens, public administration, and political authority. JeDEM - EJournal of EDemocracy and Open Government, 3(2), 182-191. https://doi.org/10.29379/jedem.v3i2.66
Section
Special Issue: Research Papers