Royo et al. (2014) - E-Participation and Environmental Protection: Are Local Governments Really Committed?

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Royo, Sonia/Yetano, Ana/ Acerete, Basilio (2014): E-Participation and Environmental Protection: Are Local Governments Really Committed? In: Public Administration Review 74 (1/2014), pp. 87-98.

problem

Many e-participation projects in the environmental field lack interest. One possible cause is that many projects are doing more greenwashing and local governments are not really committed. The study therefore examines which factors influence the development of e-paricipation, as well as the level of development of environmental e-participation initiatives in European local governments.

method

A comprehensive Web content analysis of the cities selected was carried out, examining the signatories to the Aalborg Commitments. For statistical analysis, univariate and multivariate analytical techniques were used.

summary

Overall, e-participation has a low level of development among cities that are interested in environmental topics and citizen participation. In addition, there is a link between the complexity of the procedures and the degree of transparency. Regarding the factors influencing the development to e-participation, it can be seen that a public administration style, that is more friendly toward citizen participation, external pressure, and high commitment have a positive influence.