1st Edition

Digital Democracy Discourse and Decision Making in the Information Age

Edited By Barry N. Hague, Brian D. Loader Copyright 1999
    294 Pages
    by Routledge

    294 Pages
    by Routledge

    Digital Democracy considers how technological developments might combine with underlying social, economic and political conditions to produce new vehicles for democratic practice.
    The growth of new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) such as the Internet, alongside growing concerns about the failure of advanced societies to live up to the democratic idea, has produced much interest in the prospects for a digital democracy.
    This book will provide invaluable reading for those studying social policy, politics and sociology as well as for policy analysts, social scientists and computer scientists.

    Part I Digital Democracy: Concepts and Issues1. Digital Democracy 2. Perspectives on citizen democratisation and alienation in the virtual public sphere 3. Democracy and cyberspacePart II Digital Democracy and the State4. Electronic Government: more than just a 'good thing'? A question of ACCESS 5. Tools of Governance 6. Electronic Support of Citizen Participation in Planning Processes 7. Developing Digital Democracy: Evidence from California Municipal Web Pages 8. Closed Circuit Television and Information Age Policy Processes Part III Digital Democracy and Civil Society 9. Transparency through technology: the Internet and political parties 10. Virtual sounding boards: how deliberative is online political discussion? 11. Deweyan systems in the Information Age 12. Cutting out the middle person: from virtual representation to direct deliberation 13. Participation, inclusion, exclusion and netactivism: how the Internet invents new forms of democratic activity. 14. The social shaping of the democracy network (D-Net)


    Hague, Barry N.; Loader, Brian D

    'Barry Hague's and Brian Loader's volume on digital democracy is an excellent exercise in revisiting democratic practice in view of a new 'network' society. - Lisa Tsaliki, The European Journal of Communication Research