A Critical Analysis of EU-Funded eParticipation

  • Pedro Prieto-Martín
  • Luis de Marcos
  • Jose Javier Martínez


This chapter reflects, from a holistic perspective, on the challenges surrounding the development of eParticipation in Europe, with special focus on EU programmes. To this end, first, we assess the field’s practical and theoretical achievements and limitations, and corroborate that the progress of eParticipation in the last decade has not been completely satisfactory in spite of the significant share of resources invested to support it. Second, we attempt to diagnose and shed light on some of the field’s systemic problems and challenges which are responsible for this lack of development. The domain’s maladies are grouped under tree main categories: (1) lack of a proper understanding and articulation with regard to the ‘participation’ field, (2) eParticipation community’s ‘founding biases’ around eGovernment and academy, and (3) inadequacy of traditional innovation support programmes to incentivize innovation in the field. In the context of the ‘Europe 2020 Strategy’, the final section provides several recommendations that should contribute to enhance the effectiveness of future European eParticipation actions.


Civil Society Civic Engagement Funding Programme Positive Deviant Assessment Section 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pedro Prieto-Martín
    • 1
  • Luis de Marcos
    • 1
  • Jose Javier Martínez
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentUniversidad de AlcaláAlcalá de HenaresSpain

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