Urban, Regional Innovation and Internet (URii)

The competence centre for Urban, Regional Innovation and Internet (Urii) consults and analyzes the implementation and evaluation in the fields of democratic innovation, social innovation, administrative innovation, elektronic innovation and fiscal innovation. It is a cooperation of national and international colleagues which work togehther in associated research projects and PhD groups on the topic of internet and politics. United under this roof are also the Kompetenzzentrum Nachhaltige Kommunal Finanzpolitik (NKFP) and the internationale working group “Direct and deliberative democracy” (DDD).

Furthermore the URii cooperates with the International Political Science Association research Committees IPSA RC 10: Electronic democracy and IPSA RC 5:Comparative Studies on Local Government and Politics. As a result a series of research projects and publications could be realized.


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    Project Wahl-Kompass (Election-Compass)

    The Election-Compass is a scientific Voting Advice Application (VAA), which is beeing developed in a cooperaion of Prof. Dr. Norbert Kersting and Jan Philipp Thomeczek from the University of Münster and Kieskompas from the Netherlands. Kieskompas started specializung in 2006 in the development of online Voting Advice Aplications and has already been responsible for projects in more than 40 different countries. In Germany projects on the municipal, regional and european level have been developed under the name "Wahl-Kompass":

    Currently the Wahl-Kompass is up and running for the state election in North Rhine-Westphalia (2022). You can find the Wahl-Kompass here.

    Previous elections included in the Wahl-Kompass were:

    Federal Election 2013/2017/2021
    European Election 2009/2014/2019
    Regional Elecion Lower Saxony (2017) and Hesse (2018) as well as North Rhine-Westphalia (2022)
    Municipal Election in Frankfurt (Election of The Lord Mayor 2018)
    Regionalverband Ruhr election for the Ruhr Parlament (2020)                                                                                                                                                           

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    Project "Kommunalwahcheck"


    The "Kommunalwahlcheck" ( municipal-elections-check) is a traditional online electoral aid for municipal elections. It is structured in the same way as a "Wahl-O-Mat" (or Election-Compass) but is developed and designed according to scientific quality criteria. Thus, voters have five instead of three answer options at their disposal. The selection of theses is based on a large-scale survey of council members and citizens.

    Currently, The municipal election check is also being used for the election in Wetzlar Hessen in 2021. Click here for the website

    The municipal election check was used for the first time for the municipal elections in 2020 Cologne, Essen, Siegen, Münster and Bielefeld. The selection of theses is based on a large-scale survey of council members and citizens in NRW. The Local Election Check 2020 can be accessed via this link.




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On thursday, June 17th, Prof. Kersting and the Franz Hitze-Haus invite you to their webinar concerning 'E-democracy and Sustainability', a satellite event of the World Forum for Democracy. As part of the event, Prof. Karen Mossberger of the Arizona State University is going to speak about the Digital Divide. The event is going to be held in English.

To join the event please use the following Zoom-ID and password: ID 912 5449 6691 PW 669899.
We are very much looking forward to you joining us!

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Council member survey in NRW 2020

For this project, a survey of council members will be carried out (165 representative NRW municipalities: all large cities, the same number of medium-sized and small towns). The current state of affairs shows a response of 2000 council members, which can already show the first results. A unique feature of this study of the local elections is that an analysis by region, city size, parties are carried out for all council members. Questions are asked on 18 thematic blocks, such as corona effects, environment, transport, social affairs, economy, etc. In addition, six elements representing the respective party affiliation were also examined. The survey is still ongoing in small and medium-sized municipalities.


Webinar by Prof. Norbert Kersting (Uni Muenster) together with Akademie Franz Hitze-Haus (Münster):

"Digitalisation and Politics: Stress Test Covid-19 Pandemic" on the German Digital Day 19.6.2020 10:00-12.00. (Admission 9.45 am)
The Covid-19 crisis highlights the strengths and weaknesses of digitisation (infrastructure etc.) in Germany.

The workshop will include a virtual poster show and a live panel discussion on network policy,

Discuss e-democracy and online participation with (inter)national colleagues.

The expert panel will discuss the questions: What can digitisation achieve? What can it not do?

What can digitisation not yet do?

In addition to the expert panel on Digital Day 2020, the webinar will include contributions on E Governance and the Covid 19 pandemic.

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