e-Democracy: A Group Decision and Negotiation Perspective by David Rios Insuae-Democracy: A Group Decision and Negotiation Perspective by David Rios Insua

e-Democracy: A Group Decision and Negotiation Perspective

byDavid Rios Insua

Paperback | November 7, 2012

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We are all aware of political imperatives towards e-government and public participation which, together with pressures from the information and communications industry to sell their wares, mean that e-participation and e-democracy are coming, and coming fast, whether or not the processes involved are meaningful and valid. Indeed, the bulk of research in the field concentrates mainly on technologies to facilitate or automate standard democratic instruments. Typical examples include technologies of e-voting, which essentially refer only to facilitating voting through electronic means, and technologies of e-deliberation, which facilitate debate of issues through the web. We are concerned that political and commercial imperatives towards the adoption of e-participation might lead to their use before we understand what they are actually achieving.

Drawing on the experience accumulated from our previous research, we believe that the GDN community may have a lot to contribute and improve the current status, through the use of web-based decision and negotiation analysis tools to structure and articulate participative deliberations. We shall describe a general framework and architecture for e-participation and analyse in detail the required modules to implement such architecture, together with viewpoints referring to how may we support unsophisticated users to conduct, or at least explore, decision analysis; to discover and build consensus; on how to facilitate large, diverse, dispersed, multi-cultural groups, many of whom may share few common values, possibly interested in different decision methodologies. We also illustrate with several relevant case studies how such framework may be implemented. It behoves the GDN community to lead the debate and conduct the research to address these questions, so that society uses e-participation wisely, possibly through the type of architectures we propose.

David Rios Insua is Professor of Statistics and Operation Research and Vicerector at Rey Juan Carlos University. He has previously been resercher or lecturer at Madrikd Techn. University, Purdue, Duke, IIASA and CNR-IMATI. He is the youngest member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences. He has chaired the e-democracy programmes of t...
Title:e-Democracy: A Group Decision and Negotiation PerspectiveFormat:PaperbackDimensions:364 pages, 23.5 × 15.5 × 0.1 inPublished:November 7, 2012Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9400733240

ISBN - 13:9789400733244


Table of Contents

Foreword. M. Shakun Acknowledgements 1. e-Democracy: A Group Decision and Negotiation Oriented Overview. D. Rios Insua and S. French. Political bases 2. Concepts in Democratic Theory. M. Arenilla. 3. Participatory Processes and Instruments. J.M. Lavin and D. Rios Insua. Methodological bases 4. Problem Structuring Methods for e-Democracy. A. Carreras and A. Franco 5. Decision Support Systems. S. French 6. Collaborative Decision Analysis and e-Democracy. R. Efremov and D. Ríos Insua. 7. Voting Theory. H. Nurmi. 8. Real World Decision-Aiding: A Case Study in Participatory Water Management. K.A. Daniell, C. Mazri, A. Tsoukias. Technological bases 9. The Internet and the Web. S. French. 10. e-Participation: A Discursive Approach. R. Lourenco and J.P. Costa. 11. e-Negotiation Systems for e-Participation. M.Benyoucef. 12. Web-based Decision Support: Creating a Culture of Applying Multi-criteria Decision Analysis and Web Supported Participation in Environmental Decision Making. R. Hamalainen, J. Mustajoki, M. Marttunen. 13. A Generic System for Remote e-Voting Management. C. Grima and D. Ríos Insua. 14. Explanation Systems. J. Geldermann. Case studies 15. Transparent Decision Making: Discussion and Case Study in Sweden. M. Danielson, L. Ekenberg, A. Larsson, M. Riabacke. 16. From Participatory Budgets to e-Participatory Budgets. C. Alfaro, J. Gomez and J. Ríos. 17. Internet Voting in Estonia. U. Madisse and E. Maaten. 18. Consensus Building by Blended Participation: The Case Study of the Public Stadium Swimming Pool in Bremen. H. Kubicek, H. Westholm. Future prospects 19. e-Democracy: The Road Ahead. S. French and D. Rios Insua.