Title: Engaging youth through deliberative e-participation: a case study

Authors: Noella Edelmann, Robert Krimmer, Peter Parycek

Addresses: Danube University Krems, Center for E-Government, Dr. Karl-Dorrek Strasse 30, 3500 Krems, Austria. ' Competence Center for Electronic Voting and Participation (E-Voting.CC), Pykrergasse 33/1/2, 1190 Vienna, Austria. ' Danube University Krems, Center for E-Government, Dr. Karl-Dorrek Strasse 30, 3500 Krems, Austria

Abstract: The Austrian e-participation project ||mitmachen.at – move your future||, looked at young people involved in an online public discussion. Results from this case study show that there is interest in online deliberation and is a method of participation which is both accepted and will be used by young people. The participants expressed optimism: they want this form of participation to be made possible and results to be made available to politicians. Their criticism and feedback must be used both to improve the services offered and motivate citizens to take an interest in political and civic issues.

Keywords: e-participation; e-democracy; good practice; Austria; youth participation; four-phase participation; online deliberation; reusable case studies; novel standardisation approaches; case study; electronic participation; electronic democracy; online participation; young people.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEG.2008.022068

International Journal of Electronic Governance, 2008 Vol.1 No.4, pp.385 - 399

Published online: 17 Dec 2008 *

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