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Public administrators’ acceptance of the practice of digital democracy : A model explaining the utilization of online policy forums in South Korea

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  • Public administrators’ acceptance of the practice of digital democracy
  • Kim, Chan-Gon; Holzer, Marc
  • Idea Group Inc.


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Title Public administrators’ acceptance of the practice of digital democracy
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A model explaining the utilization of online policy forums in South Korea

Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Kim, Chan-Gon; Holzer, Marc

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[Calgary]:Idea Group Inc.

Date 2006
Journal Title; Vol./Issue International Journal of Electronic Government Research:vol. 2(issue 2)
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Link
Subject Government and Law < Public Administration
Holding UNPAN

Abstract

The Internet provides a new digital opportunity for realizing democracy in public administration, and this study raises a central question: What factors determine public officials’ acceptance of the practice of digital democracy on government Web sites? We focused on online policy forums among many practices of digital democracy. To gauge public officials’ behavioral intentions to use online policy forums on government Web sites, we examined individual and organizational factors, as well as system characteristics. We administered a survey questionnaire to Korean public officials and analyzed a total of 895 responses. Path analysis indicates that three causal variables are important in predicting public officials’ intentions to use online policy forums: perceived usefulness, attitudes toward citizen participation, and information quality. We discuss implications of this study for practices and theories of digital democracy.