>> 15/08/06:

The dissertation "Elektronische Partizipation. Digitale Möglichkeiten - Erklärungsfaktoren - Instrumente" is published by the Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften. It is written in German but has an English abstract.

From the abstract:

Which factors influence the quantity and quality of e-participation tools on municipal websites in Baden-Württemberg? Do political attitudes of the local elite have an impact? Which determinants explain their attitudes towards e-participation? Do other aspects like strategy or the size of the municipality matter? These are the main research questions, which are dealt with in this study.

[...] In political science, the local level is often described as a "training field" of democracy suggesting that citizens can gain experience within the local political system and therefore develop political self-confidence which might help them getting involved on other political levels. Hence, the local level seems adequate to study the implementation of e-participation. The empirical analysis is limited to the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

[...] This study is comprised of three major parts: a theoretical part, an empirical part and a discussion part where all major results are summarized and discussed. In the theoretical part, existing e-participation research literature is presented systematically which has not been achieved in prior studies. Examining empirical research on e-participation helps to gain more solid insights on the state of the art with respect to content and methodology, which are subsequently used to refine the research design, laid out in the beginning of this study. In the empirical part, content analysis is used to scrutinize 38 municipal websites in Baden-Württemberg. In addition, a standardized online survey is employed to measure the political attitudes of local council members and administration leaders. Data collection took place from October 10 to November 11 in 2004.

>> 14/11/05:

On Friday, 12/02/2005 a workshop entitled

+++ "E-participation on the local level" +++

is going to take place at the Media Center Baden-Württemberg (Breitscheidstr. 4, Literaturhaus Stuttgart, Bosch-Areal).

There, I will discuss findings of my PhD research concerning current e-participation tools on local government websites. In addition, four experts on local e-government will share their experiences on digital participation.

The workshop will be carried out in cooperation with the International Center for Cultural and Technological Studies at the University of Stuttgart. The center supported my research with the Daimler-Chrysler scholarship. Moreover, the event is supported by the MFG Agency for IT and Media and the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation.

Find more information (only in German) about the event at In case you are interested, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail and I will be glad to provide you with further information.

>> 12/09/05:

Seminar "Designing usable local e-government websites" October 19, 2005, Calw, Alte Lateinschule

>> 15/06/05:

Presentation on local e-participation tools at the ECPR General Conference on September, 8-10 in Budapest, Hungary. The draft paper for this presentation can be downloaded here.

>> 01/05/05:

Teaching position at the European Summer University July 11 - 15, 2005 in Grenoble, France

>> 22/05/05:

Presentation on local e-participation at the PhD colloquium DPCP of the Netherlands Institute of Government on May 26/27, 2005 in Utrecht, Belgium

>> 17/04/05:

New commented links on literature database and web accessability

>> 19/03/05:

New commented links on politics and internet

>> 07/03/05 - This website goes online

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