Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
On-line version ISSN 1678-4561Print version ISSN 1413-8123
RIBEIRO, Patrícia; SOPHIA, Daniela Carvalho and GRIGORIO, Deise de Araújo. Government management and society: information, technology and scientific output. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2007, vol.12, n.3, pp.623-631. ISSN 1678-4561. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232007000300012.
The complexity of government tasks today suggests that virtual interaction processes that could streamline flows and exchanges of information between governments and society in public policymaking may contribute to more effective intervention that is more closely attuned to the heterogeneity and diversity of social problems. Innovative participatory government administration initiatives have proliferated, together with the extension of public control over government actions, handled through by information technologies. Exploring this field, this paper identifies some key issues for better demarcation and qualification of such initiatives in public sector management, based on the authors' own experience in leading an institutional project designed to empower the political, technical, and communicative participation of society in discussions of the implementation of the Unified National Health System in Brazil. Based on a review of the literature analyzing the links among information, technology, development, and democracy, and particularly with regard to social management, this paper systematizes aspects for consideration drawn from in experiences of interactions between government and society, mediated by scientific knowledge, fostering greater transparency and plurality of views in government management.
Keywords : Democracy; Policy-making; Healthcare policy; Information science.