An underlying assumption of many open government enthusiasts is that more public participation will necessarily lead to better government policymaking: If we use technology to give people easier opportunities to participate in public policymaking, they will use these opportunities to participate effectively. Yet, experience thus far with technology-enabled rulemaking (e-rulemaking) has not confirmed this “if-then” causal link. This Article considers how this flawed causal reasoning around technology has permeated efforts to increase public participation in rulemaking.
Farina, Cynthia R.; Newhart, Mary J.; and Heidt, Josiah, "Rulemaking vs. Democracy: Judging and Nudging Public Participation That Counts" (2014). Cornell e-Rulemaking Initiative Publications. Paper 17.