12 November 2014

Call for papers: "Electronic Governance and Open Society: Challenges in Eurasia"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Electronic Governance.

This special issue aims to examine e-governance developments in the vast Eurasian region, which primarily includes the former communist countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). While a broad range of e-governance issues will constitute the contents of the issue, its main emphasis is placed on open governance; that is to say, how new digital media can – or cannot for that matter – help in making post-communist public governance not just effective and efficient under the traditional e-government paradigm, but also open, transparent and accountable as the citizen-centric e-democracy concept suggests.

Since, in academic terms, not much research from the Eurasian region has been published in English, a major objective is to also bring together researchers and practitioners from other regions so as to make informed and grounded comparisons of the state of play, the currently prevailing trends and future prospects to better understand the complex relationship between electronic governance and open society.

The issue welcomes literature and academic discourse-based position papers, research articles and field-level case studies investigating electronic governance and open society challenges in Eurasia, especially the relationship between efficiency and openness in general and in the post-communist context in particular.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the Electronic Governance and Open Society: Challenges in Eurasia (EGOSE 2014) international conference, but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following, with a focus on the Eurasian area context:
  • Information society and e-governance policies
  • Open government prospects
  • Convergence in e-governance services
  • Citizen-centric e-government
  • Participatory e-governance
  • Open data
  • e-governance and policy modelling
  • e-governance and Eurasian Integration
  • Social media: tools for Analysis, participation and impact on public policies
  • Building smart cities
  • Smart citizens, e-inclusion and quality of life
  • Disruptive e-governance
  • e-government infrastructures

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 10 May 2015 (hard extended deadline)
Interim notification to authors: 10 July 2015
Revised versions due: 10 October 2015
Final notification to authors: 5 November 2015
Final versions due: 15 November 2015

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