Although information communication technologies (ICTs) offer new possibilities for civic engagement, governments have had limited success enacting ICTs to promote participation. We investigate how administrative culture and formal institutions are related to adoption and use of ICTs for bureaucratic and participatory purposes. Using data from a national survey of U.S. municipal departments, we find that prioritizing bureaucratic over participatory values is negatively related to the adoption of ICTs and use for participation. Legal mandates increase adoption but not use for participation. The findings show the critical role of administrative culture and raise questions about using legal mandates to promote participation.
- ICT enactment
- administrative culture
- civic engagement
- formal mandate
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Management Information Systems
- Management of Technology and Innovation