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European E-Democracy in Practice

Part of the book series: Studies in Digital Politics and Governance (SDPG)

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    • Leonhard Hennen, Iris Korthagen, Ira van Keulen, Georg Aichholzer, Ralf Lindner, Rasmus Ø. Nielsen
    Pages 1-8Open Access
  3. The State of Scholarly Discussions

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 9-9
    2. E-Democracy: Conceptual Foundations and Recent Trends

      • Ralf Lindner, Georg Aichholzer
      Pages 11-45Open Access
    3. E-Democracy and the European Public Sphere

      • Leonhard Hennen
      Pages 47-91Open Access
    4. Experience with Digital Tools in Different Types of e-Participation

      • Georg Aichholzer, Gloria Rose
      Pages 93-140Open Access
  4. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 141-141
    2. Introduction to the Case Study Research

      • Ira van Keulen, Iris Korthagen
      Pages 143-149Open Access
    3. Parliamentary Monitoring

      • Iris Korthagen, Hade Dorst
      Pages 151-162Open Access
    4. Informal Agenda Setting

      • Ira van Keulen, Iris Korthagen
      Pages 163-175Open Access
    5. Formal Agenda Setting (National and Local Level)

      • Iris Korthagen, Gloria Rose, Georg Aichholzer, Ira van Keulen
      Pages 177-207Open Access
    6. Formal Agenda-Setting (European Level)

      • Gloria Rose, Ira van Keulen, Georg Aichholzer
      Pages 209-236Open Access
    7. Non-binding Decision-Making

      • Iris Korthagen, Casper Freundlich Larsen, Rasmus Ø. Nielsen
      Pages 237-271Open Access
    8. Binding Decision-Making

      • Kerstin Goos, Iris Korthagen
      Pages 273-291Open Access
  5. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 293-293
    2. Assessing Tools for E-Democracy: Comparative Analysis of the Case Studies

      • Iris Korthagen, Ira van Keulen
      Pages 295-327Open Access
    3. Options for Improving e-Participation at the EU Level

      • Rasmus Ø. Nielsen, Leonhard Hennen, Iris Korthagen, Georg Aichholzer, Ralf Lindner
      Pages 329-359Open Access

About this book

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.


  • E-participation
  • Electronic democracy
  • E-democracy
  • Political communication via internet
  • European public sphere
  • Public engagement
  • E-governance
  • E-voting
  • European politics
  • Digital democracy
  • Social media and politics
  • E-petition
  • Open Access
  • european union politics
  • democracy

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute of Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany

    Leonhard Hennen

  • Rathenau Instituut, The Hague, The Netherlands

    Ira van Keulen

  • Netherlands Court of Audit, The Hague, The Netherlands

    Iris Korthagen

  • Institute of Technology Assessment, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria

    Georg Aichholzer

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Karlsruhe, Germany

    Ralf Lindner

  • The Danish Board of Technology Foundation, Hvidovre, Denmark

    Rasmus Øjvind Nielsen

About the editors

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. 

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