Posts By Tiago Peixoto

Transparency on the Web: a Democrat(ic) Virtue?

The study Show Us the Stimulus (July 2009, Good Jobs First) is one of the most comprehensive and systematic assessments of US state “recovery” websites. The authors of the report analyze the effectiveness and transparency of state websites in providing information on the different categories of stimulus spending, the allocation of funds across different areasRead… Read more »

From Australia, An E-Participatory Budgeting Experiment

The government of the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW), in an attempt to mitigate the effects of the economic downturn and stimulate local economies, has allocated the equivalent of US$30 million to the Community Building Partnership program. Aiming to support local jobs, stimulate growth and improve community facilities, the program allocates between US$260,000Read… Read more »

Territorial representation and ideational e-constituencies

It is easy to identify an existent and increasing disjunction between representation based on territorial constituencies and the preferences of citizens that, many times, are not circumscribed by any territory. In practice, such a fact leads to a representation deficit, where elected representatives fail to represent – or even to contemplate – preferences of constituents.Read… Read more »

e-Participation, Participatory Budgeting… A Review of the Evidence

On the 1st of June, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) in the UK published online the paper “Empowering communities to influence local decision making: A systematic review of the evidence”. In this paper, Prof. Lawrence Pratchett and his colleagues provide evidence-based lessons on six empowerment mechanisms: 1) asset transfer 2) citizen governanceRead… Read more »

International School on Digital Transformation

Applications are now open for the first International School on Digital Transformation, to be held July 19-24, 2009, at the University of Porto in Porto, Portugal. The School is accepting applications from advanced students and recent graduates from around the world with an interest in how digital technologies are changing societies and the world asRead… Read more »

EU Profiler: voting advice application for European Elections

Here’s a link to a video about the EU Profiler, a Voting Advice Application for the 2009 European Parliamentary Elections. The EU Profiler has been developed here at the European University Institute with the collaboration of a unique team of international researchers. A bit more about the EU Profiler: “The EU Profiler is aRead… Read more »