Abstract

Open government aims, among others, at improving engagement of citizens in public sector activities. To realize this potential, we need to understand citizens' motivations to engage in the many different variants of open government. This article identifies motivations for open government participation from the free/libre open source software (FLOSS) and crowdsourcing literature. The literature gives two dimensions of open government aims: innovation objectives (high or low) and managerial level (political versus administrative). The results of our survey with 168 participants revealed different motivations for participation in open government projects related to three objectives of open government projects: collaborative democracy, citizen sourcing, and citizen ideation & innovation. We found indications that socio-economic characteristics of citizens do not influence the willingness to participate in open government projects—contrary to findings in other forms of government participation—and therefore open government opens a great potential for enlarged citizen engagement. Our survey also indicates that open government projects with lower ambitions result in more participation than more ambitious projects, which implies that considerable steps need to be taken to realize the full potential of open government.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-42
JournalGovernment information quarterly
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

Fingerprint

government
citizen
motivation
project
objective
innovation
survey
indication
public sector
democracy
participant
influence exertion
activity
economics

Keywords

  • METIS-308192
  • IR-93724

Cite this

Wijnhoven, Alphonsus B.J.M.; Ehrenhard, Michel Léon; Kuhn, Johannes / Open government objectives and participation motivations.

In: Government information quarterly, Vol. 32, No. 1, 2015, p. 30-42.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

@article{4739e868e78948dabc56024fdf35fb71,
title = "Open government objectives and participation motivations",
abstract = "Open government aims, among others, at improving engagement of citizens in public sector activities. To realize this potential, we need to understand citizens' motivations to engage in the many different variants of open government. This article identifies motivations for open government participation from the free/libre open source software (FLOSS) and crowdsourcing literature. The literature gives two dimensions of open government aims: innovation objectives (high or low) and managerial level (political versus administrative). The results of our survey with 168 participants revealed different motivations for participation in open government projects related to three objectives of open government projects: collaborative democracy, citizen sourcing, and citizen ideation & innovation. We found indications that socio-economic characteristics of citizens do not influence the willingness to participate in open government projects—contrary to findings in other forms of government participation—and therefore open government opens a great potential for enlarged citizen engagement. Our survey also indicates that open government projects with lower ambitions result in more participation than more ambitious projects, which implies that considerable steps need to be taken to realize the full potential of open government.",
keywords = "METIS-308192, IR-93724",
author = "Wijnhoven, {Alphonsus B.J.M.} and Ehrenhard, {Michel Léon} and Johannes Kuhn",
year = "2015",
doi = "10.1016/j.giq.2014.10.002",
volume = "32",
pages = "30--42",
journal = "Government information quarterly",
issn = "0740-624X",
publisher = "Elsevier Limited",
number = "1",

}

Open government objectives and participation motivations. / Wijnhoven, Alphonsus B.J.M.; Ehrenhard, Michel Léon; Kuhn, Johannes.

In: Government information quarterly, Vol. 32, No. 1, 2015, p. 30-42.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Open government objectives and participation motivations

AU - Wijnhoven,Alphonsus B.J.M.

AU - Ehrenhard,Michel Léon

AU - Kuhn,Johannes

PY - 2015

Y1 - 2015

N2 - Open government aims, among others, at improving engagement of citizens in public sector activities. To realize this potential, we need to understand citizens' motivations to engage in the many different variants of open government. This article identifies motivations for open government participation from the free/libre open source software (FLOSS) and crowdsourcing literature. The literature gives two dimensions of open government aims: innovation objectives (high or low) and managerial level (political versus administrative). The results of our survey with 168 participants revealed different motivations for participation in open government projects related to three objectives of open government projects: collaborative democracy, citizen sourcing, and citizen ideation & innovation. We found indications that socio-economic characteristics of citizens do not influence the willingness to participate in open government projects—contrary to findings in other forms of government participation—and therefore open government opens a great potential for enlarged citizen engagement. Our survey also indicates that open government projects with lower ambitions result in more participation than more ambitious projects, which implies that considerable steps need to be taken to realize the full potential of open government.

AB - Open government aims, among others, at improving engagement of citizens in public sector activities. To realize this potential, we need to understand citizens' motivations to engage in the many different variants of open government. This article identifies motivations for open government participation from the free/libre open source software (FLOSS) and crowdsourcing literature. The literature gives two dimensions of open government aims: innovation objectives (high or low) and managerial level (political versus administrative). The results of our survey with 168 participants revealed different motivations for participation in open government projects related to three objectives of open government projects: collaborative democracy, citizen sourcing, and citizen ideation & innovation. We found indications that socio-economic characteristics of citizens do not influence the willingness to participate in open government projects—contrary to findings in other forms of government participation—and therefore open government opens a great potential for enlarged citizen engagement. Our survey also indicates that open government projects with lower ambitions result in more participation than more ambitious projects, which implies that considerable steps need to be taken to realize the full potential of open government.

KW - METIS-308192

KW - IR-93724

U2 - 10.1016/j.giq.2014.10.002

DO - 10.1016/j.giq.2014.10.002

M3 - Article

VL - 32

SP - 30

EP - 42

JO - Government information quarterly

T2 - Government information quarterly

JF - Government information quarterly

SN - 0740-624X

IS - 1

ER -