9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN18 Sociology of Communications and Media Research

2009-09-05 11:00:00 2009-09-05 12:30:00 Saturday, 5 September 11:00 - 12:30 POSTER SESSION Building AA, AA.329

Restructuring Information and Communication Network in the Public Realm: The Practice of e-government and Turkey

Restructuring Information and Communication Network in the Public Realm: The Practice of e-government and Turkey

In recent years, the policy of e-government has important part in the overall policies of European Union on the information and communication. As in the different part of the world, information and communication technologies develop with vertiginous speed in Europe. The impact of the developments of information and communication technologies on the flow of information from government to citizens is one of the important subjects which should be elaborated to understand current developments in the arena of communication. In that sense, the issue of e-government could be analyzed to understand the changing nature of relationship between citizens and state and also to elaborate restructured pattern of information and communication network. As recently introduced practices, the practice of e-government has certain defenders as well as opponents. Defenders of the e-government propose the applications of e-government could serve for government´s transparency and accountability. In general, it is added that a government theoretically moves more towards a true democracy with the proper application of e-government. But opponents of this practice emphasize that e-government could create false sense of transparency and accountability since information can be added or removed from public eye with or without public notice. And discussion goes on.
In the study, the first part is dedicated to the discussion on e-government in the literature. Turkey will become locus of the analysis of e-government in the second part. The practices of e-government in Turkey will be treated in reference with the system in EU, by also regarding the differences between these system, especially related with being a part of different levels as national or supranational level. The main question in the study is whether and how e-government practices contribute to communication between citizens and state in the public sphere.