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E-participation in local governments – developing a comparative view

Call for Papers, Research Conference, 28.11.2018, Klaipéda University, Lithuania

E-participation gives citizens new opportunities to influence decision-making in traditional political institutions by using internet technologies to articulate, discuss and evaluate political demands. It was hoped that the rise of e-participation would lead to a renewal of democratic cultures as well as strengthen accountability and trust. From this perspective, experiences from e-participation projects are disenchanting. Low participation rates, the absence of deliberativeness in anonymous online forums and small political commitment regarding the results of online participation have eroded the appeal of e-participation.

This conference invites scholars to present case studies of e-participation at the local level, and to further develop our theoretical understanding of the mechanisms of e-participation.

Please send your abstract of no more than 500 words to Jaroslav Dvorak ( by the 1st of November 2018.
A peer reviewed publication of the conference proceedings is planned.

The Conference will be organized by the Department of Public Administration / Political Science, Klaipéda University; Faculty of Business, Management and Economics, University of Latvia; Tallinn Law School, Tallinn University of Technology; and Department of Public Administration, Harz University of Applied Science. This project of the Baltic German University Liaison Office is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.