chapter  10
17 Pages

the Internet in Politics: Democracy in e-government in Taiwan

With the widespread increase in access to advanced information communication technologies throughout the 1990s, a shift to so-called ‘electronic democracy’ has occurred, involving citizens and governments. The e-democracy debate is about whether such communication technologies can increase participation and involvement in public life. Thus, ‘governments and civic societies are in the process of adapting to information technologies, and the structure of political opportunities’ (Norris 2001:95)—and the Internet will only strengthen democracy if it expands opportunities for political participation (2001:103). This has become an incentive for many democratic counties to develop e-government as an interface between citizens and the government. What impact does e-government have on the political system and civil life in new democracies, as some of them adopt these initiatives?