A Short Definition of Social Government

Social Government is government for and by citizens. It is a new paradigm in government service delivery promoting self-service, efficiency, transparency, and responsiveness. Examples include crowdsourced constitutions, participatory budgeting, citizen-driven policy, community building around civic and/or global issues (for example, global warming, health care and homelessness), citizen-centric design, public engagement (including policy consultation, deliberation and decision making), social media-accelerated political campaigns, and public outreach. Government may participate in, facilitate or lead these initiatives/conversations.

When Social Government leverages technology such as open data and the read-write web, we also call it Government 2.0.

See also: Government 2.0 or Social Government?


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