E-Democracy and Public Online Budgeting

An Empirical Case Study of Deliberation in Social Media
  • Alice Katharina Pieper
  • Michael Pieper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8531)


If social media are to reinforce sustainability of political decisions their design has conceptually to take into account the implications of deliberative democracy, which stresses the active co-operation of virtually all citizens of a democracy for the purposes of participatory involvement. Essential to deliberative e-democracy is therefore a technologically supported comprehensive discourse about political subjects which is also called Deliberation. Theoretical implications of Deliberation are discussed from the angle of political science and social psychology. Finally, the practical implications of Deliberation rooted in social media are exemplified by an online citizen involvement for the public budgeting purposes of the city of Frankfurt/Main (Germany).


impact research sustainable systems design conceptual models deliberation social media social capital collective intelligence e-democracy Web 2.0 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alice Katharina Pieper
    • 1
  • Michael Pieper
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Political Science and Media ScienceJohannes Gutenberg University MainzMainz-KastelGermany
  2. 2.Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology – FIT, Schloss BirlinghovenSankt AugustinGermany

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