9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN32 Political Sociology

Local eGovernment in District of Évora (Portugal) 2015: Perspectives from local Actors

Today, governments everywhere in the world have to face the requirements that the information society imposes. Boosted by the need to implement a new public administration paradigm with new ICT technologies, it is believed that the local egovernment can both guide the local government for greater efficiency and transparency in service to "clients" that interact with it (eAdministration) and contribute to the expansion of existing mechanisms for participation of citizens in contemporary democracies that cross several problems, including those relating to the relationship between citizens and their representatives in policy power (eDemocracy).

Despite this enormous potential impact on citizen?s and enterprises life, research in this area, although growing, is still insufficient, especially in prospective studies with a sociological perspective. This is a limitation that this paper proposes to partially fill.

Based on data collected in an ongoing PhD research that seeks to contribute to a better comprehension of this subject, essentially developing a set of scenarios for local eGovernment in district of Évora (Portugal) 2015, this paper discuss the main findings on the impact of the dynamics of some territory's actors in the conception and implementation of a collective strategy for the development of local egovernment.

Data were collected through a survey by questionnaire and are presented according to the methodology of Social Network Analysis(ARS), which provide some elements for understanding the social structure as a collective action of individuals and organizations involved in development of local egovernment projects.