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Democracy Online : The Prospects for Political Renewal Through the Internet - Peter M. Shane

Democracy Online

The Prospects for Political Renewal Through the Internet

By: Peter M. Shane (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 7th August 2004
ISBN: 9780415948647
Number Of Pages: 300

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Nearly every big city in America has an official website, and mid-size towns are finding a use for them too (the official homepage of East Lyme, Connecticut features zoning regulations and the tagline "Commitment to Quality Living in a Beautiful Town"). On countless message boards and web logs, local, national and international politics are hotly debated, and Howard Dean's surprising presidential campaign has demonstrated how to turn on-line enthusiasm into real money and flesh-and-blood supporters. The phenomenon of "electronic democracy" seems to hold the potential, perhaps more so than any previous form of communications network or political community, to promote and enhance real engagement and action among the world's citizenry.
What are the real opportunities and challenges most likely to arise from this on-line democracy? Does the medium really hold the potential to revitalize and redefine democracy?
Taking a multidisciplinary approach that they identify as a "cyber-realist research agenda," the contributors examine the prospects for electronic democracy in terms of its form and practice - while avoiding the pitfall of treating the benefits of electronic democracy as being self-evident. The debates question what electronic democracy needs to accomplish in order to revitalize democracy, and what the current state of electronic democracy can teach us about the challenges and opportunities for implementing democratic technology initiatives.
Ultimately, the contributors argue for a complex, multi-disciplinary approach to the theory behind the workings of e-democracy, as well as to the future development and expansion of technological initiatives to promote on-line democracy.

The Potential for Democratic Technologies and New Political Practices
Technologies for Democracy
Cyberjuries: A Model of Deliberative Democracy?
Electronic Media and the Prospects for Transnational Democracy: Cyberspace as a cosmopolitan public sphere
Electronic Democracy and Democratic Revitalization
The Electronic Federalist: the Internet and the eclectic institutionalization of democratic legitimacy
Global Governance and Electronic Democracy: e-Politics as a multidimensional experience
Interactivity, Equality, and the Prospects for Electronic Democracy
Online Deliberation: Possibilities of the Internet for deliberative democracy
Hacktivism and the Future of Democratic Discourse
Getting Past Electronic Democracy
The Lessons of Electronic Democracy Practice
Digital Deliberation: Engaging the public through online policy dialogues
Participation, Deliberative Democracy and the Internet: Lessons from a national forum on commercial vehicle safety
Internet-based Political Discourse: A case-study of electronic democracy in the city of Hoogeveen
The League of Women Voters DemocracyNet (DNet): An exercise in online civic engagement
Social, Psychological and Political Contexts for Electronic Democracy
A Tale of Two Towns: Assessing the role of political resources in a community electronic network
Virtual Distance and America's Changing Sense of Community
Access, Skill, and Motivation In Online Political Discussion: the democratic digital divide
Virtual Deliberation: Knowledge from online interaction versus ordinary discussion
The Challenges of E-Democracy for Political Parties
Social Structure and Cyberspace: Towards a theory
Conclusion
The Prospects for Electronic Democracy: A research manifesto
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ISBN: 9780415948647
ISBN-10: 0415948649
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 7th August 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1