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Engaging Citizens in Policy Making

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Engaging Citizens in Policy Making

e-Participation Practices in Europe

9781800374355 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Tiina Randma-Liiv, Professor of Public Policy, Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology and Veiko Lember, Senior Research Fellow in Public Management and Policy, Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia and Visiting Professor, Public Governance Institute, KU Leuven, Belgium
Publication Date: February 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80037 435 5 Extent: c 352 pp
Exploring academic and policy thinking on e-participation, this book opens up the organizational and institutional 'black box' and provides new insights into how public administrations in 15 European states have facilitated its implementation.

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Exploring academic and policy thinking on e-participation, this book opens up the organizational and institutional 'black box' and provides new insights into how public administrations in 15 European states have facilitated its implementation.

Using multiple case studies, the book offers a systematic analysis of how e-participation initiatives are actually organized and administered within the government, as well as how the political context and collaborative partnerships both within the government and with non-governmental actors affect the adoption and institutionalization of e-participation platforms. Contributors provide new empirical evidence on some of the most pressing questions related to the organization and management of e-participation, aiming to provide better understanding of citizen participation platforms.

Providing comparative knowledge on the institutional, administrative and organizational aspects of e-participation, this book will be an ideal read for public policy researchers and government practitioners interested in innovation and technology in public administration.
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‘In this book two important societal trends merge, making this book an important and inspiring one. On the one hand we see that since the emergence of the internet, new technological practices have emerged that enable political and public participation. On the other hand we see, all over Europe, that the legitimacy of democracy is under pressure, and that the role of representative politics in society is been questioned. Does the merger of these two trends create innovative e-participatory practices? By gathering and analysing practices of many countries, an interesting outlook is presented of relevant critical factors. This not only helps to fuel the academic debate concerning e-democracy, but also helps to shape the public debate.’
­– Victor Bekkers, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands

‘This impressive collection of 15 European e-participation initiatives spans nations and levels of government, demonstrating how widespread and creative these new forms of participation have become. This volume breaks new ground with insightful analysis on whether or how these innovations matter for genuine participation and empowerment of citizens.’
– Karen Mossberger, Arizona State University, US

‘This timely book draws on cross-national data on e-participation. It addresses the non-technical part and focuses on the supply side and the role of public administration. The book avoids the normative bias and offers coherent case studies of how e-participation initiatives play out in practice on national and local level in 15 European countries. A main finding is that e-participation is affected by organizational design, participatory processes, and management. It is a major accomplishment and a must read for digitalization practitioners, scholars, and students alike.’
– Per Lægreid, University of Bergen, Norway
Contributors
Contributors include: Agnes Batory, Benedetta Bellò, Rasa Bortkevičiūtė, Bernadette Connaughton, Samuel Defacqz, James Downe, Claire Dupuy, Petra Đurman, Noella Edelmann, Jaime Garcia-Rayado, Bettina Höchtl, Ivan Koprić, Veiko Lember, Andras Molnar, Anamarija Musa, Vitalis Nakrošis, Alina Ostling, Vicente Pina, Alexandra Poláková Suchalová, Andree Pruin, Tiina Randma-Liiv, Müller Rodriguez A. Paula, Sonia Royo, Matúš Sloboda, David Špaček, Katarina Staroňová, Sara Svensson, Lourdes Torres, Visvaldis Valtenbergs, Kadi Maria Vooglaid
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