Between Stability and Instability – a Project about e-Democracy

Document type: Conference Papers
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Author(s): Pirjo Elovaara
Title: Between Stability and Instability – a Project about e-Democracy
Conference name: E-City Conference
Year: 2006
City: Bratislava
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Technoculture, Humanities and Planning (Sektionen för teknokultur, humaniora och samhällsbyggnad)
School of Technoculture, Humanities and Planning S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
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Language: English
Abstract: The aim of this article is to present, analyse and diffract a project called ‘KomInDu’ in in south-eastern Sweden. The project was defined as an e-democracy project with the focus on spatial planning with an interest on activating citizens to communicate and interact with the municipality via the web site.

I will discuss the process of constructing the web site for the project. The focus is on how the concerns of the communication and interaction were interpreted during the project. The overall theme of the first part of the article is how the project was striving towards stability and how this stability was constructed in ongoing negotiations during the project time.

Then I will discuss how the word ‘democracy’ worked and was worked with during the project. I want to explore what kind of contribution the notions of stability and instability can make to the democracy negotiations of the project.

The final discussion concerns the hyphen between the letter ‘e’ and the word ‘democracy’. I will ask in what way the project was able to bring together the two parts of the project (e and democracy). I conclude the article with the question: was the project able to stabilise and integrate the two themes. Does the hyphen suggest that the ‘artful integration’ (Suchman, 2002) is necessary and also possible? How does it then become possible?
Subject: Technoscience Studies\General
Keywords: democracy, e-democracy, citizenship, information technology