The diffusion of e-participation in public administrations: A systematic literature review

Malte Steinbach, Jost Sieweke, Stefan Süß*

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Research on e-participation has grown significantly in the last years. This review focuses on public administrations, which are central actors in the solicitation and organization of e-participation and in the process of diffusion of more democratic decision-making in government contexts. However, research indicates that public administrations often struggle with technological and organizational changes, which suggests that e-participation initiatives may fail due to barriers within public administrations. Although researchers have paid considerable attention to the diffusion of e-participation in public administrations, research so far is multi-disciplinary and fragmented. The aim of this literature review is to structure and systematize the literature regarding phases of e-participation diffusion (adoption, implementation and institutionalization) and levels of analysis (micro, meso, and macro) to map the extant field of e-participation diffusion research and to provide a starting point for future research. The analysis shows that research has concentrated on the phases of adoption and implementation, and on the external context of public administrations (macro) and the organizational (meso) level. Overall, the review identifies major research gaps and offers avenues for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-95
Number of pages35
JournalJournal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jun 2019


  • adoption
  • diffusion
  • E-participation
  • implementation
  • institutionalization
  • literature review
  • public administration


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