Deliberation, Representation, Equity: Research Approaches, Tools and Algorithms for Participatory Processes

Deliberation, Representation, Equity: Research Approaches, Tools and Algorithms for Participatory Processes Love Ekenberg, Karin Hansson, Mats Danielson, Göran Cars et al.
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What can we learn about the development of public interaction in e-democracy from a drama delivered by mobile headphones to an audience standing around a shopping center in a Stockholm suburb?
In democratic societies there is widespread acknowledgment of the need to incorporate citizens’ input in decision-making processes in more or less structured ways. But participatory decision making is balancing on the borders of inclusion, structure, precision and accuracy. To simply enable more participation will not yield enhanced democracy, and there is a clear need for more elaborated elicitation and decision analytical tools.

This rigorous and thought-provoking volume draws on a stimulating variety of international case studies, from flood risk management in the Red River Delta of Vietnam, to the consideration of alternatives to gold mining in Roșia Montană in Transylvania, to the application of multi-criteria decision analysis in evaluating the impact of e-learning opportunities at Uganda's Makerere University.

Editors Love Ekenberg (senior research scholar, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis [IIASA], Laxenburg, professor of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University), Karin Hansson (artist and research fellow, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University), Mats Danielson (vice president and professor of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University, affiliate researcher, IIASA) and Göran Cars (professor of Societal Planning and Environment, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm) draw innovative collaborations between mathematics, social science, and the arts.

They develop new problem formulations and solutions, with the aim of carrying decisions from agenda setting and problem awareness through to feasible courses of action by setting objectives, alternative generation, consequence assessments, and trade-off clarifications.

As a result, this book is important new reading for decision makers in government, public administration and urban planning, as well as students and researchers in the fields of participatory democracy, urban planning, social policy, communication design, participatory art, decision theory, risk analysis and computer and systems sciences.



Deliberation, Representation, Equity: Research Approaches, Tools and Algorithms for Participatory Processes
Love Ekenberg, Karin Hansson, Mats Danielson, Göran Cars et al. | January 2017
380 | 130 colour illustrations | 10" x 8" (254 x 203 mm)
ISBN Paperback: 9781783743032
ISBN Hardback: 9781783743049
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781783743056
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 9781783743063
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 9781783743070
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0108
Subject codes: BIC: JPA (Political science and theory), JFF (Social issues and processes), JPHV (Political structures: democracy), UBJ (Ethical and social aspects of IT); BISAC: COM079010 (Computers: Social Aspects; Human-Computer Interaction)



Contributors
Prologue
Introduction

CONCEPTUALISATION
1. Interdisciplinarity and Mixed Methods
2. The Concept of Democracy
3. Art as a Creative and Critical Public Space
4. Plural Democracy

ELICITATION
5. Criteria Weight Elicitation – A Comparative Study
6. Cardinal and Rank Ordering of Criteria with Clouds
7. Attitude Ranking
8. Evaluating ICT and Development
9. A Mobile Urban Drama as a Model for Interactive Elicitation

CALCULATION
10. Multi-Criteria Decision Making
11. Comparing MCDA Methods
12. Algorithms for Decision Analysis

APPLICATIONS
13. A Model for Flood Risk Management: Bac Hung Hai
14. A Model for Flood Risk Management: Tisza
15. Roşia Montană Gold Exploitation
16. Decision Making in Urban Planning
17. Actory: Visualising Reputational Power to Promote Deliberation
18. Njaru: Developing Tools for Deliberation in Multiple Public Spheres
19. Evaluation of an Online Learning Environment
20. A Low Carbon Society by 2050 – The Stockholm-Mälar Region Case

Epilogue
Publications


Love Ekenberg is a senior research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg and full professor of Computer and Systems Sciences at Stockholm University.

Karin Hansson is an artist and a postdoc in Computer and Systems Sciences at Stockholm University.

Mats Danielson is vice president and full professor of Computer and Systems Sciences at Stockholm University, and an affiliate researcher at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).

Göran Cars is full professor of Societal Planning and Environment at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Lars In de Betou is a media producer and a musician at Betou media AB and at Stockholm University.

Joost Buurman is assistant director and senior research fellow, Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.

Manilla Ernst is a lecturer at the Centre for the Studies of Children’s Culture at Stockholm University.

Tobias Fasth is a researcher at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences at Stockholm University.

Rebecca Forsberg is the artistic leader and director of the RATS Theatre in Stockholm.

Johanna Gustafsson Fürst is an artist and senior lecturer at University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm.

Karin E. Hansson is assistant professor in Computer and Systems Sciences at Stockholm University.

Petter Karlström is a senior lecturer and program coordinator in interaction design at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences at Stockholm University.

Florence N. Kivunike is a lecturer in the Department of Information Technology, School of Computing and Information Technology, College of Computing and Information Sciences at Makerere University.

Aron Larsson is associate professor in Computer and Systems Sciences at Stockholm University and Mid-Sweden University.

Thomas Liljenberg is an artist in Stockholm.

Hans Liljenström is full professor at the Division of Biometry and Systems Analysis, Department of Energy and Technology, at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and the director of Agora for Biosystems at the Sigtuna Foundation.

Adina Marincea is a researcher at the Median Research Centre (MRC) in Bucharest.

Adriana Mihai is a researcher at the Center of Excellence for the Study of Cultural Identity (CESIC) at the University of Bucharest as well as an affiliated researcher at Median Research Center.

Mona Riabacke is a consultant in risk and decision analysis at Riabacke & Co in Stockholm.

Willmar Sauter is professor emeritus of theatre at Stockholm University.

Uno Svedin is visiting professor at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences at Stockholm University and senior researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC).

Michael Thompson is senior research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), fellow at the James Marin Institute for Science and Civilization, University of Oxford, and senior researcher at the Stein Rokkan Centre for Social Research, University of Bergen.

F.F. Tusubira is managing partner at Knowledge Consulting Ltd in Kampala. He is also the founding former CEO of the UbuntuNet Alliance.

Harko Verhagen is senior lecturer and researcher at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University.

Måns Wrange is an artist, former vice-chancellor of the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, and visiting professor of Computer and Systems Sciences at Stockholm University.