The project PEREDEP, Promoting E-Rulemaking in the EU through Deliberative Procedures, ran from August 2018 to November 2020 and aimed to assess the potential and limitations of ‘e-rulemaking’ in the European Union (EU). Co-ordinated by ADAPT researchers Jane Suiter and Anastasia Deligkiaouri, the theoretical approach employed in this research project addressed citizen participation and e-rulemaking through the lens of deliberative democracy theory and new media theory with specific references to legal theory.
Along with the novel theoretical dimension that this project proposes regarding law-making procedures in the EU, the project aimed to produce outcomes that are informed by relevant empirical analysis and are of practical value and examine the specific e-rulemaking initiative at an EU level. The project aimed to achieve this through the organisation of a workshop with participants from all over Europe that participated in a real e-rulemaking event in order to assess the potential and possible shortcomings of such an initiative in the EU.
The project addressed two major topics: responsible citizenship and the prerequisites for qualitative civic participation in an e-rulemaking initiative following-deliberative procedures. The project is in nature interdisciplinary as the research it proposes stands at the crossroads of political science, media studies, and law as it refers to law-making procedures in the EU.