Interactive Tools for e-Democracy: Examples from Switzerland

  • Jean-Loup Chappelet
  • Pierre Kilchenmann
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3416)


Democracy is based on freedom of voting but also on meaningful discussions about matters that are put to the vote or about people who wish to be elected. E-democracy cannot therefore be reduced to e-voting. It should also include Internet-based services that facilitate online interaction between voters, candidates and supporters of various opinions. This paper presents a series of interactive tools that can be used to support such a virtual dialogue. A matrix is proposed to categorize these tools. Examples of such tools used in Switzerland are given. The most sophisticated tools and websites recently developed for Swiss elections or referendums are described in some detail. Possible future research on the impact of these tools is outlined.


Liberal Democratic Party Direct Democracy Interactive Tool Federal Election Federal Council 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-Loup Chappelet
    • 1
  • Pierre Kilchenmann
    • 1
  1. 1.IDHEAP Swiss Graduate School of Public AdministrationChavannes-LausanneSwitzerland

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