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European e-democracy in practice. Introduction

: Hennen, Leonhard; Korthagen, Iris; Keulen, Ira van; Aichholzer, Georg; Lindner, Ralf; Nielsen, Rasmus O.

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Hennen, Leonhard (Ed.); Keulen, Ira van (Ed.); Korthagen, Iris (Ed.); Aichholzer, Georg (Ed.); Lindner, Ralf (Ed.); Nielsen, Rasmus O. (Ed.):
European e-democracy in practice
Cham: Springer Nature, 2019 (Studies in digital politics and governance)
ISBN: 978-3-030-27183-1 (Print)
ISBN: 978-3-030-27184-8 (Online)
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-27184-8
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The introductory chapter provides an overview of the volume ‘European e-Democracy in Practice’. The focus of the volume is on the exploration of the conditions needed to realise the democratic potential of the broad scope of tools, instruments and procedures to strengthen the ties between established processes of representative democratic decision-making and its constituencies, with a particular view to political communication and decision-making at the European level. Part I of the book provides the outcome of a broad literature review covering the scholarly debate on the achievements and potentials of e-democracy and its relevance for policymaking on the EU level. Part II of the book presents 22 case studies on the use of e-participation tools at the local, national and European levels which were carried out to learn about best practices and major challenges and problems of e-participation in practice. Finally, Part III provides a systematic comparative analysis of the case studies, and based on this analysis and the findings of the literature review, options for improving e-participation at the EU-level are discussed.