Helio, I am not a big fan of a culturalist approach when it comes to e-government. My main reasoning is that not many things get done when you think that in order for something to happen a cultural change is necessary. Of course, I am for institutional and organizational changes that could make the Brazilian system work better, but again, the same rule applies to most countries.
Also, I believe that a global analysis (e.g. “Brazilian e-government”) does not come without risks. A case-by-case approach seems necessary. Brazil has a lot to learn, but also a lot to teach. The case you pointed out is interesting. But particularly when it comes to participation in public policies (be it online or offline), maybe Brazil has even more to teach than to learn.
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