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European E-Democracy in Practice

Editors: Hennen, L., Van Keulen, I., Korthagen, I., Aichholzer, G., Lindner, R., Nielsen, R.Ø. (Eds.)

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This open access book explores how digital tools and social media technologies can contribute to better participation and involvement of EU citizens in European politics. By analyzing selected representative e-participation projects at the local, national and European governmental levels, it identifies the preconditions, best practices and shortcomings of e-participation practices in connection with EU decision-making procedures and institutions. The book features case studies on parliamentary monitoring, e-voting practices, and e-publics, and offers recommendations for improving the integration of e-democracy in European politics and governance. Accordingly, it will appeal to scholars as well as practitioners interested in identifying suitable e-participation tools for European institutions and thus helps to reduce the EU’s current democratic deficit.   

This book is a continuation of the book “Electronic Democracy in Europe” published by Springer.

About the authors

Leonhard Hennen, PhD. in Sociology, is a former project manager at the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Parliament, which is run by the Institute of Technology Assessment, Research Center Karlsruhe, Germany. He has been responsible for projects on Genetic Testing, Technology Controversies, Sustainable Development and Research Policy, Neuro-Science and Society, E-democracy and others. He has participated in several European projects on concepts and methods of Technology Assessment. Since 2006 he has been coordinator of the European Technology Assessment Group (ETAG). ETAG was set up by a group of European Scientific Institutes active in the field of Technology Assessments, which carry out TA studies on behalf of the European Parliament.

Ira van Keulen has been a senior researcher and parliamentary liaison at the Rathenau Institute, The Netherlands, since 2009. She specializes in digital democracy and evidence-informed politics and has been involved in various projects on converging technologies and human enhancement. Van Keulen studied Sociology at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, and at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, USA. Her work has consistently focused on interactions between technology and society. As a liaison for the entire institute, she is responsible for ensuring that its work is communicated at the right time, and to the right parliamentarians, at the Dutch House of Representatives and the Senate.

Iris Korthagen has been working as a researcher at the Rathenau Institute, The Netherlands, since February 2015. With a focus on topics such as science journalism, digital democracy and smart cities, she has chiefly worked for the Council for Social Development (Raad voor Maatschappelijke Ontwikkeling, RMO). The advisory reports she has written for the RMO were focused on nudging and on journalism. Her PhD research examined the role of media and media logic with regard to decision-making in networks. Korthagen studied Cultural Studies (BA) and Philosophy (BA) at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. After a pre-master year in Public Administration she completed her Master’s degree in Research in Public Administration and Organizational Science (MSc) at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. Currently she is working as a senior researcher at the Netherlands Court of Audit. 

Georg Aichholzer is a sociologist and freelance collaborator with the Institute of Technology Assessment (ITA), Austrian Academy of Sciences. He has extensive research and teaching experience in technology and technology assessment, especially on electronic governance, electronic democracy, digital change and the future of work.

Ralf Lindner is a senior researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) in Karlsruhe, Germany, where he coordinates the institute’s Technology Assessment activities. He received his degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Augsburg, Germany and completed his graduate work at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) and post-graduate studies at Carleton University (Ottawa), Canada. His doctoral dissertation focused on the application and integration of digital networks in the communication strategies of intermediary organizations. For more than a decade, he has been working on numerous research projects investigating the political and societal impacts of ICT. In addition to his research in the area of new media and society, Lindner has specialized in the analysis of science, technology and innovation policy and governance.

Rasmus Øjvind Nielsen has an MA in Philosophy from University of Copenhagen and is currently a PhD candidate in Public Administration from the Roskilde School of Governance in collaboration with the DBT, where he serves as a project manager. He specialises in institutional analysis and issues regarding the conditions for policy development and public engagement. He has been involved in the development of the GlobalSay platform for online democratic debate and previously participated in the development of the World Wide Views methodology for ICT-mediated multi-site public deliberation. 

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-8

    Hennen, Leonhard (et al.)

  • E-Democracy: Conceptual Foundations and Recent Trends

    Pages 11-45

    Lindner, Ralf (et al.)

  • E-Democracy and the European Public Sphere

    Pages 47-91

    Hennen, Leonhard

  • Experience with Digital Tools in Different Types of e-Participation

    Pages 93-140

    Aichholzer, Georg (et al.)

  • Introduction to the Case Study Research

    Pages 143-149

    Keulen, Ira (et al.)

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European E-Democracy in Practice
  • Leonhard Hennen
  • Ira Van Keulen
  • Iris Korthagen
  • Georg Aichholzer
  • Ralf Lindner
  • Rasmus Øjvind Nielsen
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Studies in Digital Politics and Governance
Springer International Publishing
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