The 22nd World Congress of the IPSA will take place in Madrid (Spain) from 8 to 12 July 2012.

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Panel 1. Open government

Chairs: Richard Engstrom, Duke University (USA) -

Stéphanie Wojcik, University of Paris Est Créteil (France) –

Calls for governments to provide open, easy-to-use and largely free-of-charge access to public data have grown in recent years - such as the 'Transparency and Open Government' programme initiated under Obama’s presidency in the US or the Public Data Corporation supported by the UK Cabinet Office (2011) while the European Commission, through the SEMIC.EU platform, is promoting the idea of Linked Government Metadata (2010).

Making public information and data more widely available is indeed thought to support democratic citizenship by increasing transparency and accountability in government, allowing individuals and groups to monitor and evaluate particular policies, services, and the performance of government in general. While little systematic research has been done on open government so far, initiatives associated with the term have generated opposing views.

This panel issue is concerned with the concrete benefits and the downsides of the various opendata initiatives worldwide. Which public policies and strategies of implementation are known? Are European initiatives adopting such strategies or are there new instruments?

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

- Surveillance, data privacy and regulations

- Transparency, accountability and civic engagement

- Production of services and public goods and changing roles of government, public authorities, business, civil society and citizens

- Technological and organizational challenges of open government

Panel 2. E democracy and deliberation

Chairs: Raphael Kies, (University of Luxembourg) -

Norbert Kersting, (University of Münster, Germany),

Dialogical deliberative instruments are vitalizing democracy. Participatory budgeting, deliberative polls, forums and other participatory instruments are implemented . These instruments are often combined with e-participation tools. Internet conference, open space online, participatory budgeting online, e-petitions, blogs, web forums etc. are implemented to support or to substitute traditional instruments for participation. This raises the question about the quality of deliberation in the internet. The panel will try to categorize, analyze and evaluate the different tools.

Panel 3. Electronic voting re-vitalized?

Chairs: Richard Niemi, (University Rochester, USA) -

Josep Reniu, (University of Barcelona, Spain) -

Discussant: Alexander Trechsel

Electronic voting and internet voting seems to be reinvigorated. This panel discusses strategies of national and supranational institutions such as Council of Europe regarding Electronic and internet voting. New experiments in Mexico, Argentina, new trends in India etc will be presented. Latest developments in Norway in the local election will be analyzed. New experiences in Estonia, Switzerland, USA, Russia evaluated.

Panel 4. e-Revolution and Pluralism in Countries of the 2011 "Arab spring": Egypt and Tunisia

joint panel with RC 16 Socio political pluralism and RC 10 e-democracy

Chairs: Rainer Eisfeld (RC 16) (University Osnabrueck, Germany)

Norbert Kersting (RC 10) (University of Münster, Germany),

A pluralist alliance of various civil society groups – workers, women, urban professionals, moderate islamists, underemployed (particularly from among the youth) – with different, sometimes overlapping, grievances, ousted the previous regimes in Tunisia and Egypt. Largely mobilised via the Internet, these groups have different interests and pursue differing political projects for their countries’ post-revolutionary future. The panel will trace sources of several important Egyptian and Tunesian protest groups’ politicization and subsequent mobilisation, also attempting to spell out implications of their projects for the post-Ben Ali and post-Mubarak eras. Are there lessons to be learned for the rest of the world?

Panel 5. Scrutinizing mobilisation in networked politics

Convenor: Jorge Luis Salcedo Maldonado (Univ. Autonoma Barcelona)

Chair: Marta Cantijoch Co-Chair: Mayo Fuster Morell

Discussants: Camilo Cristancho, Jorge Luis Salcedo Maldonado

Internet use has expanded the mobilisation opportunities of organised political actors (political parties, social movements, interest groups) while giving prominence to non-organised individuals or individuals organised via flexible structures or mainly online-based formats (such as online communities). Digital tools like websites, blogs or social networking sites, among others, are reshaping communicational dynamics and mobilising strategies.

This panel calls for papers aiming at expanding our knowledge on the changes in mobilisation processes that are taking place as a consequence of the spread of internet mediated communication. We invite paper proposals addressing any of the following questions: Can we characterize online mobilization as comprising considerably different processes from those used in more traditional channels? What can we learn from differences between online mobilisation strategies by different type of actors in multiple contexts? What are the factors explaining the use of new media for political mobilisation? How can mobilisation effects be assessed in terms of collective outcomes such as turnout, or individual changes in attitudes and behaviours?

Panel 6. Social media revolution

Chair: Jason Abbott (University of Louisville, Kentucky)

Twitter and facebook are seen as the triggering instruments for the democratic protest and the transformation in North Africa. The 2011 'Arab Spring' and the “velvet revolution” are regarded as e-Revolution. But web 2.0 changed individual political participation dramatically elsewhere in the world. Social protest happened also out of Northern Africa (see UK, Greece, Germany, China etc.). Web 2.0. and E- Mobilization seem to be crucial for these new social movements? What is the relationship between socio political pluralism and Internet? What is the reaction of political parties and civil society in democratic regimes. How do authoritarian regimes react?

We encourage proposals that combine conceptual discussion and empirical analysis. We also welcome analyses of the changes occurring in the use of online methods of mobilisation across time and/or countries.