European E-Democracy in Practice

Together with scientists from the Netherlands, Austria, Denmark and Germany, ITAS researcher Leonhard Hennen explores how digital tools and social media can contribute to a better participation of EU citizens in European politics.
Cover "European E-Democracy in Practice". Source: Springer.
European E-Democracy in Practice. Source: Springer

The authors of the book identify the preconditions, best practices and shortcomings of e-participation practices in connection with EU decision-making procedures and institutions. Therefore they analyze selected representative e-participation projects at the local, national and European governmental levels.

The open access book features case studies on parliamentary monitoring, e-voting practices, and e-publics. It also offers recommendations for improving the integration of e-democracy in European politics and governance. For example, the authors propose the development of a unified and organic European participation infrastructure providing a one stop entrance to European democracy for citizens.

The book is directed to scholars as well as practitioners interested in identifying suitable e-participation tools for European institutions and thus help to reduce the EU’s current democratic deficit. It is a continuation of the book "Electronic Democracy" in Europe, published in 2016. Both books are based on studies carried out on behalf of the European Parliament by the European Technology Assessment Group (ETAG). (06.12.2019)

Bibliographic data:

Hennen, Leonhard; van Keulen, Ira; Korthagen, Iris; Aichholzer, Georg; Lindner, Ralf; Nielsen, Rasmus Øjvind [Eds.]
European E-Democracy in Practice. Studies in Digital Politics and Governance. Springer International Publishing 2020, 359 S., ISBN 978-3-030-27183-1, DOI 10.1007/978-3-030-27184-8
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