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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Family policies : a promising field of eParticipation
Authors: Hohberg, Birgit
Lübcke, Maren
Lührs, Rolf
DOI: 10.21256/zhaw-4763
Published in: European Journal of ePractice
Volume(Issue): 2009
Issue: 7
Page(s): 64
Pages to: 72
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher / Ed. Institution: P.A.U. Education
ISSN: 1988-625X
Language: English
Subjects: Family; E-participation; Policy
Subject (DDC): 320: Politics
Abstract: Three cities in Germany – Hamburg, Berlin and Munich – have opened up a new field for eParticipation. They initiated a dialogue on the Internet to ask their citizens what family-friendly living in each of the cities should look like. All three discourses – conducted between November 2005 and November 2008 – provide comparable and interesting results on four aspects: context, course, clients and results. One of the most promising results of all three debates is that the issue attracts a user group which is not a majority in political discussions. The discussions in Hamburg, Munich and in Berlin were able to motivate female participants in particular to have their say and to dominate the discourse. This is an encouraging result for politics and eParticipation in general. Politicians are able to get into contact with a group which is more difficult to reach and involve in the political process. By addressing this topic, Hamburg, Munich and Berlin have taken a big step forwarding the field of eParticipation. As a result, it is to be expected that other European cities and municipalities will take up this topic, not only to promote eParticipation but also to help politicians harness expert local knowledge in the interests of successful and sustainable family policy.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY-NC-ND 2.0: Attribution - Non commercial - No derivatives 2.0 Generic
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (ZID)
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