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Adhocracy Liquid Democracy

Adhocracy is a policy drafting tool for distributed groups. It allows members of organizations or the public to compose or vote documents that represent the policy of the group.

In order to allow cooperation, Adhocracy uses LiquidDemocracy, a set of ideas that include delegating a user's voting rights to another to enable both active and passive participation in the process. We also implement ideas from Direkter Parlamentarismus, a theory of mass participation in parliamentary processes.

Installation instructions and further information can be found at

This version requires Python 2.5 or later.

Implementation details

Proposals -> Norms -> Comments

Delegation can happen for Proposals and Norms. Norms can be organized in a tree structure where Delegations and can inherit Delegations from parent pages or Proposals that propose changes to a Norm. Comment voting take the Delegations of the commented item into account.

Infrastructure and installation

Adhocracy uses Memcache to cache results such as rendered pages and results from time-intensive computations. To use memcache, uncomment the memcache config line in your .ini file and point it to a running instance of memcache.

If no memcache is configured or available, Adhocracy should still function, but displaying proposals that have a lot of votes or comments can take a long time.

It also uses solr for searches and rabbitmq to schedule asyncron tasks. Both are mandatory.

Installing Adhocracy is a somewhat complicated process. To have a reproducable and fast way to set up development and production environments we use `zc.buildout`_. You can download our buildout configuration at The README of adhocray.buildout has extensive information about the setup process.