The European Commission's Online Consultations: A Success Story?
Article first published online: 7 JAN 2011
© 2011 The Author(s). JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies
Volume 49, Issue 3, pages 653–674, May 2011
How to Cite
QUITTKAT, C. (2011), The European Commission's Online Consultations: A Success Story?. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 49: 653–674. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-5965.2010.02147.x
- Issue published online: 4 APR 2011
- Article first published online: 7 JAN 2011
Although depicted as an instrument oriented towards improving European governance as well as the democratic quality of European decision-making, the application of online consultations (OC) by the European Commission is accompanied by scepticism about their actual use. Based on a large-N, quantitative analysis, this article examines the application of and participation patterns in OC. With regard to the most relevant indicators applied in the study – openness, transparency and inclusiveness – the analysis reveals rather mixed results: while OC enhance the involvement of interested parties and formally offer the possibility to give qualitative input, at present, OC are far from being inclusive, nor is their practice transparent.