This paper is framed by the notion of a transition in which distinct organisational and democratic logics are emerging just as the institutional principles of the nation state are in a state of profound crisis. In some occasions, online creation communities (OCCs) are successful form of collective action online. They offer an opportunity to see how various problems of democratic governance evolve and are solved in a digital environment. In other words, they are interesting for what they can tell us about democratisation more generally and the organisational principles which are more adapted to the current environment.
More concretely, OCCs can help us to analyse how governance shapes and favors the handling of increases in scale of participation and complexity in a context of the digital revolution and globalisation in which the global dimension is larger in scope and the political agenda more complex. The paper provides an empirically grounded description of the main principles of OCCs and the organisational strategies more likely to success. Finally, it ends by reflecting how the organisational logic and principles of the emerging forms of collective action in online environments are and could be a source of inspiration for governmental innovation and overcome the crisis in the institutionalisation of democracy