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Paper 117: Introducing the Citizens’ POLIS: A New Approach to Online Citizen Participation in Political Decision-Making

Simon N Williams

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.

Paper 117: Introducing the Citizens’ POLIS: A New Approach to Online Citizen Participation in Political Decision-Making, Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Series Working Paper Series, September(2008), ISBN 978-1-904815-78-5




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Citizen participation; electronic democracy; decision-making; hypermedia; deliberation