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Introducing the citizens’ POLIS: a new approach to online citizen participation in political decision-making

Williams, Simon N. 2008. Introducing the citizens’ POLIS: a new approach to online citizen participation in political decision-making. [Working Paper]. School of Social Sciences Working Papers Series, vol. 117. Cardiff: Cardiff University.

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Recently, arguments for the extension of citizen participation into decision-making processes have become a vogue within political discourses. Governments in a number of countries, including the UK, have stated the need for new processes of inclusion to be explored practically. Such statements are rooted in social science theory, and it can be argued that social scientists should play a central role in experimenting with new methods of implementing citizen participation. At the same time, the rise of e-democracy has suggested new means and new media across which participation can occur. This paper discusses one such participation experiment – the Citizens’ POLIS (Participatory On-Line Interactive System). The Citizens’ POLIS is a multi-phase, multi-method, hypermedia participation process. This working paper seeks to introduce the general methodological assumptions and practical features of the Citizens’ POLIS, on which the author’s empirical research, currently in progress, is based.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Cardiff University
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2016 09:57

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