Title: Citizen engagement with information aggregation markets

Authors: Efthimios Bothos; Dimitris Apostolou; Gregoris Mentzas

Addresses: National Technical University of Athens, 15780 Athens, Greece ' University of Piraeus, 18534 Piraeus, Greece ' National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Abstract: Participatory governance entails converting citizens from passive users of administrative decisions into active participants in political procedures. Public institutions and organisations can benefit from methods and tools able to aggregate and interpret information dispersed among citizens. In this paper, we explore the use of Information Aggregation Markets (IAMs) for citizen engagement. We identify the benefits of IAMs and explain how markets can be used to aggregate citizens' opinions and views on policy issues. Furthermore, we report on two real life cases where we deployed IAMs to assist the decision-making processes of public organisations. The positive feedback from participants and decision-makers provides empirical evidence on the benefits of IAMs as a method for engaging citizens in public policy decision-making.

Keywords: IAMs; information aggregation markets; public participation; citizen engagement; participation mechanisms; public opinion; public sector; decision making processes; public organisations; public policy.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEG.2012.049806

International Journal of Electronic Governance, 2012 Vol.5 No.2, pp.172 - 187

Available online: 14 Oct 2012 *

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