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.
Table of contents
- Introduction (Hennen, Leonhard (et al.))
- E-Democracy: Conceptual Foundations and Recent Trends (Lindner, Ralf (et al.))
- E-Democracy and the European Public Sphere (Hennen, Leonhard)
- Experience with Digital Tools in Different Types of e-Participation (Aichholzer, Georg (et al.))
- Introduction to the Case Study Research (Keulen, Ira (et al.))
- Parliamentary Monitoring (Korthagen, Iris (et al.))
- Informal Agenda Setting (Keulen, Ira (et al.))
- Formal Agenda Setting (National and Local Level) (Korthagen, Iris (et al.))
- Formal Agenda-Setting (European Level) (Rose, Gloria (et al.))
- Non-binding Decision-Making (Korthagen, Iris (et al.))
- Binding Decision-Making (Goos, Kerstin (et al.))
- Assessing Tools for E-Democracy: Comparative Analysis of the Case Studies (Korthagen, Iris (et al.))
- Options for Improving e-Participation at the EU Level (Nielsen, Rasmus Ø. (et al.))