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dc.contributor.authorTrench, Brian
dc.contributor.authorO'Donnell, Susan
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-24T14:16:50Z
dc.date.available2012-08-24T14:16:50Z
dc.date.issued1997
dc.identifier.citationTrench, Brian; O'Donnell, Susan. 'The internet and democratic participation: uses of ICTs by voluntary and community organisations in Ireland'. - Economic & Social Review, Vol. 28, No. 3, July 1997, pp. 213-234, Dublin: Economic & Social Research Institute
dc.identifier.issn0012-9984
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2262/64719
dc.description.abstractThis paper explores the implications of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) for community and voluntary sector organisations in Ireland and reports on the initial findings of the authors' research project: "The Voluntary Sector in the Information Age". The point of departure for the research project is a conception of society in which citizen organisations play a significant role, citizenship is expressed actively and levels and modes of public participation define a democracy. The project seeks to explore how certain implementations of ICTs could enhance and expand democratic practices by strengthening existing and developing networks of voluntary and community organisations, making their work practices and their negotiations with established powers more effective. The project's findings so far suggest that Irish voluntary and community organisations have experienced substantial difficulties in developing such applications or in realising the real or imagined benefits to them of using ICTs more extensively. A range of financial, technical, organisational and cultural factors have influenced ? and, notably, inhibited ? the adoption of newer ICTs in the voluntary and community sector, in a manner, or to an extent, which may affect that sector's participation in the wider society.en
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherEconomic & Social Studies
dc.sourceEconomic & Social Reviewen
dc.subjectInformation technologyen
dc.subjectInterneten
dc.subjectVoluntary sectoren
dc.subjectIrelanden
dc.subjectCitizen participationen
dc.titleThe internet and democratic participation: uses of ICTs by voluntary and community organisations in Ireland
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.publisher.placeDublinen


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