Can Digital Technologies Create a Stronger Model for Democratic Participation? The Case of #Crowdlaw

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2018-01-03
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Langlamet, Helene
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This study attempts to critically assess the democratizing potential of "CrowdLaw," a form of online participation that its practitioners describe as crowdsourced policy-making. To do so, the study analyzes both the statements of Crowdlaw practitioners gathered at the third "online global conference on #CrowdLaw" and the design and performance of the CrowdLaw platforms for which the author could find a sufficiently complete online presence. Findings about the democratizing potential of CrowdLaw are mixed: on the one hand, the analysis of practitioners’ statements reveals an intention to create broad participation, and discussion forums that encourage deliberation. On the other, a look at the platforms’ design and performance reveals an uneven and incomplete implementation of these intentions.
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Enhancing Public Participation, Interaction, and Innovation in Government, crowdsourcing, democratic innovations, online deliberation, open government, participatory democracy
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