Digital Democracy in a Globalized World
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Digital Democracy in a Globalized World

Edited by Corien Prins, Colette Cuijpers, Peter L. Lindseth and Mônica Rosina

Whether within or beyond the confines of the state, digitalization continues to transform politics, society and democracy. Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have already considerably affected political systems and structures, and no doubt they will continue to do so in the future. Adopting an international and comparative perspective, Digital Democracy in a Globalized World examines the impact of digitialization on democratic political life. It offers theoretical analyses as well as case studies to help readers appreciate the changing nature of democracy in the digital age.
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Chapter 10: Digital support for enhanced democratic participation in US rulemaking

Cynthia R Farina, Cheryl L Blake, Mary Newhart and Chaebong Nam

Abstract

Open government enthusiasts have looked to a variety of web-based tools, platforms and media to promote transparency and empower citizen participation in government decisionmaking. Yet, when these efforts do not fully respond to the demands of specific policymaking contexts or democratic norms, they cannot effectively level the participatory playing field. In this chapter we focus on digital innovation aimed at increasing meaningful public participation in US rulemaking. We first examine why the US federal government’s e-rulemaking strategy has not successfully addressed the barriers to effective participation. We then introduce Regulation Room, a consultation platform using purposeful design of online tools, and human support strategies, to lower participation barriers and promote stakeholder engagement in complex policymaking.

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