The 21st century democracy in Europe is in dire straits. Citizens feel disconnected with politics, and a growing distrust has in 2014 led to the lowest participation in European elections ever. Democracy seems overdue for a profound upgrade. How can we reverse the erosion?
Our digitizing society forms a fertile breeding ground for citizens to get organized in innovative ways, and gain more power to influence and even co-create policy decisions that affect their lives. (W)E-Democracy takes a look from different angles at promising (citizen) initiatives who employ digital tools to strengthen democracy.
Digital initiatives like online knowledge centres and participation platforms are popping up all over Europe. What is the potential of these technologies to transform and rethink democracy? What are the threats? And how can local governments anticipate to this growing tendency?
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