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International Journal of Electronic Democracy
International Journal of Electronic Democracy


Special Issue on: "Participation in Democracy for All - the Society of Active Citizens, an E-Democracy Primer"

Guest Editors:
Miltiadis Lytras, University of Patras, Greece
Christian Wernberg-Tougaard, Unisys Europe, Denmark
Patricia Ordóñez De Pablos, University of Oviedo, Spain

In modern democracies, the concept of participation is an excellent theme for a debate at the society level for the real meaning of participatory democracy. Various diverse opinions converge to a simple but significant conclusion. Unfortunately, nowadays, democracy needs to refocus on participation mechanisms for all in a variety of contexts and levels and most certainly not only in the “narrow” context of elections.

This special issue brings together open minds, academics, researchers, activists, policy makers, and politicians and aims to deliver a manifesto for the open democracy.

Subject Coverage
Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Participatory democracy
  • Participation in policies, programmes and plans
  • Open access to democracy
  • Access to information
  • Public participation
  • Access to justice
  • Access to learning/health/education/work
  • Participation in drafting of laws and regulations
  • Social forums
  • Internet voting
  • Effective participation models
  • Emerging technologies and participation [Web 2.0]
  • Developing new methods of consultation
  • Developing new ways for communities to create a shared future though visioning
  • Creating new democratic spaces in which people can meet, learn about and discuss issues
  • Showing the benefits of participative approaches
  • Anti-apathy approaches

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

1-2 Page Abstract: 15 May 2007

Submission of Manuscripts: 15 October 2007

Notification to Authors: 15 November 2007

Final Versions Due: 15 February 2008