Work Package 5: Practices of External Collaboration for Policy Design

 

WP5 examines the conditions and practices of external collaboration in policy design, focusing specifically on e-participation platforms. WP5 will carry out empirical analysis of recent e-participation initiatives which are targeted at fostering collaboration between governments and citizens. The study employs both exploratory and explanatory approaches to investigate the functioning of e-participation practices and to identify drivers and barriers which contribute to the success of these initiatives. In doing so, the contextual factors that surround e-participation platforms – the national context, organizational and individual-level factors – will be explored. The WP5 ultimately tries to evaluate the influence of e-participation initiatives on policy design and external collaboration, and to develop policy recommendations for further improvement of functioning and administering of e-participation initiatives.

 

WP5 addresses the following questions:

  • How are e-participation platforms launched and developed?
  • What are the goals of e-participation platforms?
  • How are the e-participation initiatives administered?
  • How is the interaction between the government and the non-governmental stakeholders organized through the e-participation platforms?
  • Which national-, organizational -and individual-level factors are particularly important in explaining the functioning of e-participation initiatives?
  • Is there any causal relationship between the contextual factors and the impact of the e-participation process on the policy design?
  • What is the evidence of the influence of e-participation initiatives on the actual policy design?
  • What have been the effects and implications of e-participation initiatives on collaboration with stakeholders and citizens?
  • What are the critical success factors of e-participation initiatives?
  • What are the main lessons learned during the establishment/running of e-participation initiatives?

We conduct:

  • In addressing the above-mentioned research questions, a qualitative case study method will be used by conducting in-depth case studies on six e-participation platforms in Estonia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and the UK.
  • Single case studies will form a basis of a comparative study of e-participation initiatives in Europe.

WP5 TEAM MEMBERS

Benedetta Bellò

Cardiff University

United Kingdom

Nora Carstens

University of Potsdam

Germany

Samuel Defacqz

UCLouvain

Belgium

Claire Dupuy

UCLouvain

Belgium

Julia Fleischer

University of Potsdam

Germany

WP Leader: WP4

Erik Hans Klijn

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Netherlands

Per Lægreid

University of Bergen

Norway

Steven Nõmmik

Tallinn University of Technology

Estonia

Andree Pruin

University of Potsdam

Germany

Tiina Randma Liiv

Tallinn University of Technology

Estonia

WP Leader: WP5

Lise H. Rykkja

University of Bergen

Norway

TROPICO Coordinator

Külli Sarapuu

Tallinn University of Technology

Estonia

Line Marie Sørsdal

University of Bergen

Norway

Vidar Stevens

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Netherlands

Kadi Maria Vooglaid

Tallinn University of Technology

Estonia