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Here is a brief summary of key terms related to online group decision making.

Civic participation

Involving citizens in government, through a wide variety of methods. The goals of civic participation include greater transparency, more citizen support, and better targeted plans.

Group decision methods

Comparing decision options, especially using facts, logic, & reason, in order to choose an option that best achieves participants' goals.

Group decision theory

When many people must make a single decision, they require some way of reconciling their conflicting opinions. Common types of groups making decisions, include citizens of a nation, businesses, families, juries, clubs, and so on.
Public choice theory is the application of economic game theory to governance decisions. This model of political behavior can be used to explain many apparent inefficiencies in voting and governing, particularly the gap between voters' requests and representatives' actions.