The international conference “Online participation on the local level – a comparative perspective” will be held from 13 to 15 December 2017 in Düsseldorf/Germany. The conference brings together an international group of researchers from different disciplines to provide a variety of perspectives on local online participation.
The main theme of the conference is to investigate the role of digital technologies in political participation with a focus on the local level, ranging from small neighbourhoods to large municipalities. This encompasses both top-down as well as bottom-up e-participation initiatives (i.e. invited as well as invented spaces). Questions of interest include, but are not limited to:
- How do the results of online participation compare with the outcomes of classic forms of participation?
- How to combine online and offline forms of participation?
- What effects are specific to particular participation formats and how do they compare to each other?
- How do institutions and their members (need to) change when adapting to digital forms of participation?
- How does the context of a particular country shape the role of local e-participation?
- What methods should be used to research the effects of e-participation?
The conference takes place at the „Haus der Universität“ and starts with a public event on Wednesday (5pm to 8pm). More information will be published soon!