Donald F. Norris (professor and chair, Department of Public Policy and director, Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research, University of Maryland, Baltimore County) has published new research on the evolution of e-government among American local governments. The study, based on surveys of information technology and chief information officers at local governments, found that the use of e-government, particularly social media, has expanded significantly in the United States. However, in contrast to earlier predictions, e-government has not yet evolved into electronic democracy with full online citizen participation. The top barriers to moving to electronic democracy include: lack of funding, lack of expertise, and issues surrounding security. “Local E-Government in the United States: Transformation or Incremental Change?” was published in Public Administration Review. The co-author is Christopher G. Reddick (professor and chair, Department of Public Administration, University of Texas at San Antonio).
Eric Zeemering (assistant professor, Department of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County) has been named one of this year’s recipients of both the Clarence Stone Young Scholar Award and the Norton Long Developing Scholar Award from the Urban Section of the American Political Science Association, in recognition of his scholarship, teaching and public service. Dr. Zeemering’s current research focuses on cooperation between local governments and non-governmental organizations to create sustainable communities.