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Outlook: The way forward for European e-democracy

: Lindner, Ralf; Aichholzer, Georg; Beckert, Bernd; Goos, Kerstin; Hennen, Leonhard; Strauß, Stefan


Lindner, Ralf (Ed.); Aichholzer, Georg (Ed.); Hennen, Leonhard (Ed.):
Electronic democracy in Europe : Prospects and challenges of e-publics, e-participation and e-voting
Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2016
ISBN: 978-3-319-27417-1 (Print)
ISBN: 978-3-319-27419-5 (Online)
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-27419-5
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"Electronic Democracy in Europe" investigates the current state and potentials of e-democracy in Europe from three partially overlapping and interlocking perspectives e-public, e-participation and e-voting. The final chapter of this book summarises the main results of the preceding analyses and combines a prospective outlook with recommendations for future pathways towards a meaningful integration of e-democracy in European politics. In order to stimulate the further formation of a European public sphere via (e-)participation and reaping the benefits of participatory potentials with the aim of strengthening democracy at the European level, the authors call for an integrative approach which brings together top-down and bottom-up initiatives, and fosters the linkability of existing partial publics and political processes at different institutional levels. Based on the analyses of electronic, Internet-based remote voting, the authors highlight numerous unresolved issues concerning cost-benefit considerations, technical feasibility and, most importantly, political legitimacy. On balance, the large-scale and mandatory introduction of e-voting systems in binding elections for public office cannot be recommended at present.