We face times of democratic deficit at both a national and European level. Governments are attempting to have greater citizen involvement, while citizens are expressing a wish to be more involved. The question is, can e-democracy, or more specifically e-participation, be the key to reducing the democratic deficit?
There are two main aspects of e-democracy:
1. Using ICT to promote democracy and;
2. making democracy evolve and adapt to the 21st century context.
While progress is being made to increase e-participation in phases prior, or following the core decision-making, the challenge with it being additional and complementary often leads to frustration. This can in turn lead to an opposite desired effect.
In order to fully understand the concept of e-democracy and e-participation, this meeting will be begin with an introductory session to more fully understand what these concepts mean. We will then look at the how e-participation can improve democracy looking at issues of quality, corruption and inclusiveness. We will also look at how e-participation affects the quality of democracy at a transnational and European level. These discussions will take place with the aim of understanding what is working, what is not working and where the funding gaps are that philanthropy can play a role.
See the following for more details: Agenda – European Democracy Network
Please contact Jennifer Fitzsimons on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.