Gov 2.0: Towards a User Generated State?

27 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2010

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John Morison

Queen's University Belfast - School of Law


New elements associated with Web 2.0 relating to interactivity and end-user focus have combined with the availability of new levels of information to encourage the development of what may be termed a Gov 2.0 approach. This, in combination with recent initiatives in the modernising government programme, has emphasised new levels of public participation and engagement with government as well as a re-engineering of public services to make them more responsive to their end users. Adopting a governmentality perspective, it is argued that this involves a wider process of governing through constructing and reconstructing ideas of the public, community and individual citizen-consumers who take on a role in their own governance. It is argued that this fundamental re-working of the nature of what is public represents a constitutional change that is perhaps more significant than the constitutional reform programme directed to formal government which attracts more attention.

Suggested Citation

Morison, John, Gov 2.0: Towards a User Generated State?. The Modern Law Review, Vol. 73, Issue 4, pp. 551-577, July 2010. Available at SSRN: or

John Morison (Contact Author)

Queen's University Belfast - School of Law ( email )

School of Law
Belfast BT7 1NN, BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland

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