The DemocracyOS software is an online platform that allows the deliberation and voting of political proposals. It is adapted to different formats, both in an online website and a downloadable app on smartphones and tablets. It also works with open source and offers translations into different languages. The platform aims to stimulate debate and promote the use of better arguments to arrive at better decisions collectively. To this end, users can create "democracies", that is, open discussion forums with predefined "constitutions" (discussion rules). Within each "democracy", any user can propose a proposal, convene the debate and set a deadline to gather support and reach a final decision.

Institutional design


Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?

Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?

Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?

Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?

Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?

Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?

not backed by constitution nor legislation, nor by any governmental policy or program 
Mode of selection of participants
Type of participants
Citizens Civil Society  
Democratic innovation yields no decision  


  • Deliberation
  • Direct Voting
  • E-Participation
  • Citizen Representation


  • Accountability
  • Responsiveness
  • Rule of Law
  • Political Inclusion
  • Social Equality

Policy cycle

Agenda setting
Formulation and decision-making
Policy Evaluation


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