This book investigates the ethical challenges the internet presents to contemporary parliamentary democracy in Europe and how these challenges are being addressed. It fills an important gap: current literature until now has largely focused on the study of internet usage by politicians and institutions.
With the ever widening scope of participation in internet-based communication, there are widely differing views on its potential social, economic and political impact, and whether parliamentary democracy will be strengthened or weakened in the information age. Key questions include:
The book compares four European parliaments in Europe: the British, European, Portuguese and Swedish Parliaments, using both quantitative methods (questionnaires and survey of websites) and qualitative methods (workshops and face-to-face interviews with parliamentarians and parliamentary staff).
This book was previously published as a special issue of the Journal of Legislative Studies.
1. The Internet and Parliamentary Democracy in Europe: An Introduction Xiudian Dai and Philip Norton
2. Four models of Political Representation: British MPs and the Use of ICT Philip Norton
3. Prospects and Concerns of e-Democracy at the European Parliament Xiudian Dai
4. 'Connecting Europe': The Use of 'New' Information and Communication Technologies within European Parliament Standing Committees Jamal Shahin and Christine Neuhold
5. Are ICTs Changing Parliamentary Activity in the Portuguese Parliament? Cristina Leston-Bandeira
6. Becoming Electronic Parliamentarians? ICT Usage in the Swedish Riksdag Magnus Lindh and Lee Miles
7. Websites of Parliamentarians across Europe Ma Rosa Vicente-Merino
8. Political Ethics Online: Parliamentarians' Use of Email in Europe Xiudian Dai
9. Parliamentary Democracy Online: Lessons from Europe Xiudian Dai and Philip Norton