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Mit eDemocracy zu deliberativer Politik? Zur Praxis und Anschlussfähigkeit eines neuen Mediums ]Is eDemocracy leading to a deliberative policy? On practice and connectivity of a new medium]

  • Hilmar Westholm
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    Information and communication technologies are increasingly used for supporting citizens' participation. With reference to the model of deliberative policy shown at the example of an online consultation and other eDemocracy tools, this contribution investigates whether the use of new technologies can improve democratic procedures so that the communication among the people concerned and thus the rational discourse before decision-making is positively influenced. As an important prerequisite for the use of new technologies in citizen participation processes, the term "connectivity" is introduced which means that these technologies may not only be evaluated from the technical point of view; in consideration of legal, organisational, cultural and political criteria, it has to be checked if they fit into the provided environment. -- Informations- und Kommunikationstechnik wird in zunehmendem Maße auch zur Unterstützung von Bürgerbeteiligung verwendet. Der Beitrag untersucht unter Bezugnahme auf das Modell deliberativer Politik beispielhaft an einer Online-Konsultation und anderen eDemocracy-Tools, ob der Einsatz neuer Technik demokratische Verfahren dahingehend verbessern kann, dass die Kommunikation unter den Beteiligten und damit der rationale Diskurs vor der Entscheidung positiv beeinflusst wird. Als wesentliche Voraussetzung für den Einsatz neuer Technik in Bürgerbeteiligungsprozessen wird der Begriff der „Anschlussfähigkeit“ eingeführt, wonach diese Techniken nicht nur aus technischem Blickwinkel beurteilt werden dürfen, sondern zudem unter rechtlichen, organisatorischen, ökonomischen, kulturellen und politischen Gesichtspunkten zu prüfen ist, ob sie in die vorgesehene Umgebung „passen“.

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