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European Elections Dystopia

Strengthening the European elections through crowdsourcing

European parliamentary elections allow citizens to elect representatives who shape policies affecting their daily lives. Safeguarding against dangerous democratic situations is vital to maintain stability, protect human rights, and prevent the rise of authoritarian tendencies that can undermine the European values that unite us all.

  • Background
  • Methodology
  • Results

In 2023, ECAS will run a crowdsourcing process in all 27 Member States to challenge EU citizens to discuss the topic of a ‘European Elections Dystopia’.

The European Elections Dystopia project aims to address the crisis of representative democracy by engaging EU citizens through innovative participatory methods.

The goal is to have citizens reflect together across Europe on how to prevent dangerous democratic situations that may arise from the European Parliament Elections in 2024.

The results from the Crowdsourcing activity will lead to a final report with recommendations on improving the European Parliament Elections and the European Parliament. They will be delivered to the EU Institutions and current and candidate MEPs in time for the European Elections 2024.

According to research and specifically the analysis of lessons learnt from local and national crowdsourcing experiences in Europe, e-participation has the potential to be a vehicle for innovative, forward-looking, and constructive engagement of citizens in the co-creation of a more democratic Union.

ECAS believes this method of citizen engagement can complement representative democracy to strengthen it and respond to citizens’ demands for more participation in the decision-making process at all levels.

In 2023, ECAS implemented the European Elections Dystopia crowdsourcing process in all 27 Member States, which challenged EU citizens to imagine fictional dystopia scenarios that could highlight vulnerabilities that the EU democratic system might face under extreme circumstances.

This crowdsourcing process was implemented online via ECAS’s Crowdsourcing Platform, and workshops were implemented in person, online, or hybrid format by our civil society partners across the EU.


The ultimate goal of this crowdsourcing process was for citizens to reflect and identify potential behaviours they could change or stop doing to prevent their democratic nightmare. At the end of the activity, citizens pledged to vote responsibly, engage in political conversations, and actively combat disinformation. In addition to personal commitments, citizens put forth concrete suggestions for decision-makers, which will be shared with relevant stakeholders, including Members of Parliament (MEPs), policymakers, and civil society actors.