Temptations of turnout and modernisation: e-voting discourses in the UK and the Netherlands


Pieters, W. and Haren, R. van (2007) Temptations of turnout and modernisation: e-voting discourses in the UK and the Netherlands. Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, 5 (4). pp. 276-292. ISSN 1477-996X

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Abstract:Purpose – The aim of the research described was to identify reasons for differences between
discourses on electronic voting in the UK and The Netherlands, from a qualitative point of view.
Design/methodology/approach – From both countries, eight e-voting experts were interviewed on
their expectations, risk estimations, cooperation and learning experiences. The design was based
on the theory of strategic niche management. A qualitative analysis of the data was performed to
refine the main variables and identify connections.
Findings – The results show that differences in these variables can partly explain the variations in
the embedding of e-voting in the two countries, from a qualitative point of view. Key differences
include the goals of introducing e-voting, concerns in relation to verifiability and authenticity, the role
of the Electoral Commissions and a focus on learning versus a focus on phased introduction.
Research limitations/implications – The current study was limited to two countries. More
empirical data can reveal other relevant subvariables, and contribute to a framework that can improve
our understanding of the challenges of electronic voting.
Originality/value – This study shows the context-dependent character of discussions on
information security. It can be informative for actors involved in e-voting in the UK and
The Netherlands, and other countries using or considering electronic voting.
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Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS)
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Official URL:http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/14779960710846146
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