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Future Internet 2014, 6(4), 735-759; doi:10.3390/fi6040735

Public Involvement in Taking Legislative Action as to the Spatial Development of the Tourist Sector in Greece—The “OpenGov” Platform Experience

Department of Geography and Regional Planning, School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Heroon Polytechniou str. 9, Zographou Campus, 157 80 Athens, Greece
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Received: 8 July 2014 / Revised: 23 October 2014 / Accepted: 23 October 2014 / Published: 25 November 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue NeoGeography and WikiPlanning 2014)
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By the Aarhus Convention (1998) it is recognized the right of citizens to get access to and influence decision-making in respect to issues affecting the state of the environment. More specifically, in Article 8 it is stated that public authorities are forced to engage public participation when preparing regulations or legally binding rules that have a significant environmental impact. Towards this end, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and their applications have considerably expanded the potential of planners and decision makers to interact with stakeholders and the public and engage them in participatory processes through ICTs-enabled platforms. The focus of the present paper is on the context of public consultation in taking legislative action as to the spatial development of the tourist sector in Greece. It consists of three parts: the first part, where the context of engaging the public in governmental decision-making in Greece is discussed, following the Open Government Partnership (OGP) initiative; the second part, presenting the steps of the “OpenGov” online platform, designed for gathering public knowledge to further improve legislative efforts and policy; and the third part, elaborating on the experience gained by the use of the “OpenGov” platform for decision-making on the spatial development of the tourist sector in Greece. View Full-Text
Keywords: public consultation; ICTs; digital platform; legislation; spatial planning; tourism public consultation; ICTs; digital platform; legislation; spatial planning; tourism
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Somarakis, G.; Stratigea, A. Public Involvement in Taking Legislative Action as to the Spatial Development of the Tourist Sector in Greece—The “OpenGov” Platform Experience. Future Internet 2014, 6, 735-759.

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