Electronic Democracy in Europe

Prospects and Challenges of E-Publics, E-Participation and E-Voting

  • Ralf Lindner
  • Georg Aichholzer
  • Leonhard Hennen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Ralf Lindner, Georg Aichholzer, Leonhard Hennen
    Pages 1-17
  3. The E-Public in Europe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Leonhard Hennen
      Pages 21-51
  4. E-Participation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Georg Aichholzer, Stefan Strauß
      Pages 55-132
  5. E-Voting

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Kerstin Goos, Bernd Beckert, Ralf Lindner
      Pages 135-184
    3. Ralf Lindner, Georg Aichholzer, Bernd Beckert, Kerstin Goos, Leonhard Hennen, Stefan Strauß
      Pages 185-195

About this book


This edited book is the first of its kind to systematically address the intersection of e-democracy and European politics. It contributes to an improved understanding of the role that new media technologies play in European politics and the potential impact that Internet-based political participation processes may have on modern-day representative democracy in Europe. A unique, holistic approach is taken to examine e-democracy’s current state and prospects in Europe from three, partially overlapping and interlocking perspectives: e-public, e-participation and e-voting. The authors provide both theory-inspired reflections on e-democracy’s contribution to the formation of the European public sphere, as well as rich empirical analyses of contemporary e-participation phenomena such as the European Citizens’ Initiative or e-voting practices in Estonia. Based on the presented findings, the concluding chapter combines a prospective outlook with recommendations for future paths towards meaningful integration of e-democracy in European politics and governance.


European Politics New Media Technologies E-Democracy E-Voting E-Participation

Editors and affiliations

  • Ralf Lindner
    • 1
  • Georg Aichholzer
    • 2
  • Leonhard Hennen
    • 3
  1. 1.Innovation Research (ISI)Fraunhofer Institute for Systems andKarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.Austrian Academy of SciencesInstitute of Technology Assessment (ITA)ViennaAustria
  3. 3.ITAS, c/o Helmholtz-GemeinschaftKarlsruher Institute of Technology (KIT)BonnGermany

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