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RC 10 Acting chairs :
Prof. Norbert Kersting (Department of Political Science, Stellenbosch University, South Africa)
Prof. Harald Baldersheim (Department of Political Science, University of Oslo, Norway)
Dr. Kimmo Grönlund (Abo Akademi, Vasa, Finland)

Business meeting Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 17:00-18.30 - FEN, H 202

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RC10.275 Electronic Democracy - Dilemmas of Change?
Monday, July 13, 2009 - 11:00 to 12:55 - FEN, H 005
Chair: Baldersheim, Harald - University of Oslo, Norway,
Discussant: Kersting, Norbert - Stellenbosch University, South Africa,

Participants are invited to submit papers reflecting on choices and dilemmas that electronic governance might entail.A well-known dilemma is that of digital divides entailed by the spread of e-governance. Another example is that of easy access for citizens to large volumes of politically relevant information against problems of information overload. And will the rise of 24/7 politics over-saturate channels of communication to the extent that citzens are turned off? Will enhanced means of political scrutiny (e.g. electronic voting records) in the hands of citizens or pressure groups make life intolerable for the elected representatives? The panel is also open to other themes.

The Politics of Presence: A Comparative Analysis of Online and Face-to-Face Deliberation

Wojcik, Stéphanie - University of Paris XII - Val-de-Marne, France,
Talpin, Julien - Compiègne University, France,
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Electronic Government and Cyberdemocracy: the Degrees of Digital Democracy in Brazilian Capitals

Freire, Geovana - University of Fortaleza, Brazil,
Feitosa, Gustavo Raposo P. - Universidade de Fortaleza, Brazil,
Lopes, Francisco Cristiano - Universidade de Fortaleza, Brazil,

Electronic Democracy: Potential and Challenges especially in the Context of Indian subcontinent

Yadav, Purnima - Patna University, India,

Vulnerability Analysis of Three Remote Voting Procedures

Enguehard, Chantal - LINA, France,

Democracy and Local Governance: Evidence from a Neighborhood

Iglesias, Ángel - University Rey Juan Carlos, Spain,
Villoria, Manuel - Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain,


RC10.301 E-democracy and Elections Part 1
Monday, July 13, 2009 - 15:00 to 16:55 - FEN, H 005
Chair: Kersting, Norbert - Stellenbosch University, South Africa,
Discussant: Baldersheim, Harald - University of Oslo, Norway,

Electronic democracy is closely related to elections. The panel "Electronic democracy and elections" will analyze the information and transaction function of e-democracy in context with national elections. So the focus is on new trends in online campaigning and electronic voter information, but also on new experiments in electronic voter registration, online voting and voting computers. The panel would like to present global and regional trends and overviews but also in-depth case studies and evaluations in this field. The potentials, problems and experiences associated with "electronic electoral engeneering" in emerging democracies in "developing countries" as well as in "old democracies"will be analyzed 21st World Congress of Political Science

Electoral Reform in the 21st Century: Embracing ICT?

Leyenaar, Monique - Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands,

Political experimentation using ICT’s in Europe: Successes and failures in the roll-out of e-voting

Mendez, Fernando - University of Zurich, Switzerland,

E-voting: analizing their sociopolitical acceptance

Reniu, Josep Mª - University of Barcelona, Spain,
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The electoral effects of Electronic Voting

Vander Weyden, Patrick - Ghent University, Belgium,

Is i-voting a solution to diminishing voting turnout problem in Lithuania?

Ramonaite, Aine - Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University, Lithuania,
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Electronic Voting in Japan: 2002-2009

Iwasaki, Masahiro - Nihon University, Japan,
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RC10.274 E-democracy and Elections Part 2
Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 11:00 to 12:55 - FEN, H 201
Chair: Kersting, Norbert - Stellenbosch University, South Africa,
Discussant: Baldersheim, Harald - University of Oslo, Norway,

The panel "Electronic democracy and elections II" analyzes the information and transaction function of e-democracy in context with national elections. The regional focus is on Northern and Latin America and the US in particular. In the US new trends in online campaigning became obvious. Are these heading towards new instruments of electronic voter information. new experiments in online voting and voting computers.

The Use of Information and Communciation Technology in Elections in the Russia, the United States and Venezuela

Krimmer, Robert - E-Voting.CC gGmbH, Austria,

Satisfaction with Voting Technology and Election Administration in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election

Niemi, Richard University of Rochester,
Hernson, Paul University of Maryland,
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Electronic Elections in a Politicized Polity

Hall, Thad, University of Utah, United States of America,
Alvarez, Michael - California Institute of Technology, United States of America,
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The Keys to the White House: Electronic Democracy and the Race for the Presidency of the United States

Solop, Frederic - Northern Arizona University, United States of America,

E-participation in Brazilian electoral campaign

Brandão, Francisco - Universidade de Brasília, Brazil,
Batista, Carlos Marcos - Universidade de Brasília, Brazil,
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RC10.221 Electronic Deliberation and Communication
Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 15:00 to 16:55 - FEN, H 202
Chair: Leyenaar, Monique - Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands,
Discussant: Mendez, Fernando - University of Zurich, Switzerland,

The panel on "Electronic Deliberation and Communication" will analyse the ways in which the different political actors use the websites to reach the public opinion. How does the web summon people to support a certain person or to reject a specific policy? Can the citizens actually communicate better through the web? Has online participation replaced traditional political communication? How do people deliberate online? What do these websites look like? How do new information technologies (ITs) help to build stronger democracies?

Electronic deliberation is strongly related to new ITs that help to spread ideas throuhgout the web. Blogs, text messages, sites as Google Video or YouTube, social webs such as Facebook, Linkedin, MySpace, Hi5, and so on have become strong conveyors.

Variations in deliberativeness of Web-debates: Analysis of the external impact hypothesis

Kies, Raphaël - University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg,
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Configuring e-Parliaments from a Legislative Perspective. The Italian Case

De Rosa, Rosanna - University of Naples Federico II, Italy,
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Political information and democratic governance through 10 governmental websites in Brazil.

Dias Bezerra, Heloisa - Universidade Federal de Goiás, Brazil,
Lombardo Jorge, Vladimyr - Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro - PUC-Rio, Brazil,
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The Entrepreneurs, the politics and the Web: mapping political activities on the websites of the Brazilian´s Federation of Industries

Braga, Sérgio - UFPR/Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil,
Nicolás, Maria Alejandra - Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil,
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