A paired conceptual framework integrating information systems research and democracy theory

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Information systems (IS) play an important role in contemporary society, but critical questions remain on their impact on democracy. This study aims to contribute to a better understanding of this phenomenon. In order to do so, the study develops an innovative methodological approach. Drawing from Design Science Research (DSR), we build conceptual pairs between core preoccupations explored by critical thought on democracy and available problem-solving information technologies. The study does not aim at an exhaustive analysis of problems and solutions; this would be unfeasible, considering the limitations of journal article format. Rather, it aims at early-stage methodology incorporation across disciplines that draw from different research paradigms. The findings will offer a preliminary probe on the analytical input of DSR conceptual artefacts in examining functional links between information systems and political outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScience and Technologies for Smart Cities
Subtitle of host publication5th EAI International Summit, SmartCity360, Braga, Portugal, December 4-6, 2019, Proceedings
EditorsHenrique Santos, Gabriela Viale Pereira, Matthias Budde, Sérgio F. Lopes, Predrag Nikolic
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-51005-3
ISBN (Print)9783030510046
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event5th EAI International Smart City 360 Summit, 2019 - Braga, Portugal
Duration: 4 Dec 20196 Dec 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST
Volume323 LNICST
ISSN (Print)1867-8211


Conference5th EAI International Smart City 360 Summit, 2019


  • Democracy
  • Government
  • Information systems
  • Participation
  • Public services
  • Social media
  • Transparency


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