While looking for the best application of a Democratic regime, people tend to look either at Athenian Democracy (as applied in Ancient Athens that is) or at Grassroots/Liquid Democracy (as supposedly promoted by (some?) Pirate Parties worldwide). Direct democracy applications are not viable for various reasons, mainly due to the vast amount of voters and disinterest by the citizens (that's why most prefer to just vote for their representantives). Grassroots/Liquid is an interesting hybrid between direct and representantive democracy. So, have there been any successful applications of the model, and if not then why?

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    It seems that there has been not yet been any serious experimentation, neither successful nor otherwise, for very many political ideas. Liquid Democracy in particular is a quite new idea that needs the internet to be successfully applied. – Fela Dec 8 '12 at 9:46
  • There are many parties and administrations that use it "informally", i.e. with a not-binding power. I'm not sure if being non-binding satisfies your question. – o0'. Dec 11 '12 at 12:43
  • Note that liquid democrcy and anonymous vote don't really mix. I'd also argue that council democracy is pretty close (imperative mandate, possibility to immediatly take someones position if they loose support). – mart May 6 '15 at 8:19

After the Pirate Party of Germany introduced Liquid Feedback (a variant of Liquid Democracy tools) internally and got a lot of press coverage for it, the Landkreis Friesland is now introducing LQFB as a tool to gather more diverse opinions by its citizens.

As this is still an experiment and the first public one it will be interesting to watch how the project evolves.

Press coverage in German about the initiative can be found at ZEIT Online

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