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E-revolution: Actor-centered and structural interdependencies in the realization of Estonia’s democratic revolution

Reiners, M.
Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, 21 (4), (S. 553–575).
2011

The citizens of Estonia started electing their political representatives per internet in 2005. Since then the number of e voters has grown strongly. A number of countries have conducted pilot tests, but no other country has followed Estonia’s example to date. Apart from analyzing the political processes up to the implementation of the project, the study examines why it was possible to implement this far-reaching project in Estonia. It concludes that a variety of structural and legislative factors, as well as a number of actor constellations, supported the process. The study analyzes the factors and constellations, highlights the influence of history on the introduction of e voting aimed at increasing the legitimacy of the political system, and suggests that political power games accompanied the introduction process. It will be interesting to see whether Estonia’s e voting vision spawns sustainable copies in other countries in years to come.

Zitation (APA)

Reiners, M. (2011). E-revolution: Actor-centered and structural interdependencies in the realization of Estonia’s democratic revolution. Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, 21(4), 553–575.