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The Communities of Practice model for understanding digital engagement by hyperlocal elected representatives

Cruickshank, Peter; Ryan, Bruce

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Marijn Janssen
Editor

Maria A. Wimmer
Editor

Hans Jochen Scholl
Editor

Bram Klievink
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Ida Lindgren
Editor

Peter Parycek
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Efthimios Tambouris
Editor

Konstantinos Tarabanis
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Mila Gasc�
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Michela Milano
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Theresa A. Pardo
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Panos Panagiotopoulos
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�ustein S�b�
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Abstract

There has been much research into citizens’ engagement with their representatives. This paper offers an approach to understanding sustained take-up of internet technologies by these representatives in a (hyperlocal) democratic context using Community Councils in Scotland a case study. A Community of Practice model was developed and initial data collected to evaluate whether the model can be adapted for contexts where community boundaries are not clear. The focus is the community of users of technology: representatives as primary content creators as a necessary first stage before higher levels of engagement and participation are possible. The CoP model is found to have potential, even in a context of weak, dispersed and non-self-aware communities. The importance of understanding transitions and level of engagement is highlighted and another avenue for further research identified.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name IFIP EGOV and ePart 2015
Start Date Sep 5, 2016
End Date Sep 8, 2016
Acceptance Date May 20, 2015
Publication Date 2016
Deposit Date Oct 20, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jun 11, 2019
Publisher IOS Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Pages 11-18
Series Title Innovation and the Public Sector
Series ISSN 1871-1073
Book Title Electronic Government and Electronic Participation
ISBN 9781614995692
DOI https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-570-8-11
Keywords Community Councils; Scotland; Community of Practice; engagement;
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/9132
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-570-8-11
Additional Information We are grateful to the RCUK-funded Communities & Culture Network
(http://www.communitiesandculture.org) for funding the pilot study described here.
Contract Date Jun 11, 2019

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