About the Relevance of eDemocracy in Italian Regional Websites

  • Mario Bochicchio
  • Antonella Longo
Conference paper


This paper explores the diffusion of eDemocracy and eParticipation services provided by institutional websites of Italian Regions in 2010. By using content analysis methodology, we examined eGovernment services, functions, and features of Italian Regional portals in relation to broader and more active citizens’ participation in public activities. The investigation instrument is established upon the Italian legal framework, user interaction theories, e-government sophistication models, and comprehensive literature review. The research reveals that most of eParticipation efforts at Regional level are limited at information provision and one-way interaction services. Most Regions perceive the importance of social networks and have a presence on it, even if their posts are not frequent and are not used for official eParticipation services. Some advanced eParticipation experiments exist, but they are occasional (e.g. a specific regional law, a specific eParticipation initiative, …) and not scaled-up to become stable practices for regional eDemocracy services.


Italian Region Legislative Power Regional Portal Live Video Streaming Content Analysis Methodology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Innovation Engineering DepartmentUniversity of SalentoLecceItaly

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