The Exploration of Digital Public Administration and E-Government in the Management and Engagement of California's Drought
Paranay, R, and De Bruhl, B, "The Exploration of Digital Public Administration and E-Government in the Management and Engagement of California's Drought," Schwarzenegger Institute Report (January, 2016).
15 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2016
Date Written: January 11, 2016
California’s ongoing drought presents definite environmental and economic implications for statewide water governance, though the extent to which political and social dynamics will change is uncertain. This uncertainty is compounded with the advent of the Internet and digital technologies as platforms for the broadcasting and administrative functions of government, as well as with the varying civic dispositions of California communities to embrace collective participation in conservation strategies.
As E-government and open data may be explored and implemented to cultivate new strategies for public engagement and drought awareness in modern governance, the perception of these tools by water agency general managers – a crucial leadership group in effectuating changes – will be vital in establishing future policy strategies and engagement campaigns.
Surveys to water agency general managers yielded overall positive perceptions of civic cohesion and digital public administration within their service districts, with relatively more positive responses reflecting optimism about civic cohesion and e-government from general managers who are newer to the field and have more familiarity with the role and their service district. These trends, along with takeaways from specific responses and areas of interest, may be able to inform scholarship and practice of public leadership and digital engagement in the context of California’s ongoing drought conditions and shifting water ecology.
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