E-Enabling the Mobile Legislator
This chapter considers the importance of ‘e-enabling’ elected representatives to support their legislative role, and relates that firstly to their roles as representatives of constituents and civil society groups, and secondly as actors in political parties. The Introduction considers legislators ICT support as a gap in e-governance development, and outlines a current project, eRepresentative, which is addressing European assemblies’ needs to provide web-based mobile services to support their elected members. Recent literature portrays an increasing pace of change in European assemblies, but with parliamentarians mostly adopting new ICT tools of their own accord rather through strategic development by political parties or parliamentary administrations. The chapter describes the rationale for the eRepresentative project goals and requirements; to enable legislators to get personalized, specific, filtered data ‘anywhere, any place and anytime’; to collaborate with each other and appropriate stakeholders, securely and conveniently, and influence the legislative process in a timely and convenient manner. Interim conclusions focus on the research questions emerging from the organisational change issues likely to affect usage of a pilot service in the five participating assemblies.
KeywordsSmart Card Committee Member Legislative Process Civil Society Actor Civil Society Group
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