Community representatives, information channels and citizen democratic engagement

Here’s a link to something I co-authored with Hazel Hall and Bruce Ryan: a paper which explores how elected (yet unpaid) community councillors in Scotland exploit information channels for democratic engagement with the citizens that they represent. We demonstrate that community councillors engage with a range of information sources and tools in their work.  The most important of which derives from local authorities: Citizens were not seen as a useful source of information.

The relative lack of interest in citizens might be an unexpected result – but we found that Activity Theory provided a useful tool for understaning why.

Find out more via Practices of community representatives in exploiting information channels for citizen democratic engagement: paper available on OnlineFirst

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About Peter Cruickshank

Lecturer in the School of Computing and a member of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Interested in information systems, learning, politics, society, security and where they intersect. My attempts at rounding out my character include food, cinema, running, history and, together with my lovely wife, bringing up a cat and a couple of kids.
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