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Judging Candidates in E-Democracy: Implications of Smartvote, Profile and Ratings from a Legal Perspective (IP 16a)

Smartvote (www.smartvote.ch), Profile and Ratings are candidate evalution tools designed to help voters identify candidates’ positions on various issues. It is expected that they will have a significant impact on political opinion formation, and therefore on electoral results. Project 16a addresses the constitutional problems and opportunities that candidate evaluation raises in e-democracies in particular, and provides an early analysis of the risks and potential involved.

Research results have been published in:

Bernhard Rütsche, Elektronische Wahlhilfen in der Demokratie (On-line voting assistance tools and democracy), Bibliothek zur Zeitschrift für Schweizerisches Recht, Beiheft 47, Verlag Helbing & Lichtenhahn, Basel 2008.

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Project leaders:
Prof. Andreas Lienhard, University of Bern
Prof. Pierre Tschannen, University of Bern

Project member:
Dr. iur. Bernhard Rütsche, University of Bern


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