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What Does E- add to Democracy?: Designing an Agenda for Democracy Theory In the Information Age
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy.
2014 (English)In: Transforming Politics and Policy in the Digital Age / [ed] Jonathan Bishop, Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2014, 200-223 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Technologies carry politics since they embed values. It is therefore surprising that mainstream political and legal theory have taken the issue so lightly. Compared to what has been going on over the past few decades in the other branches of practical thought, namely ethics, economics, and the law, political theory lags behind. Yet the current emphasis on Internet politics that polarizes the apologists holding the Web to overcome the one-to-many architecture of opinion building in traditional representative democracy, and the critics who warn that cyber-optimism entails authoritarian technocracy has acted as a wake up call. This chapter sets the problem, “What is it about ICTs, as opposed to previous technical devices, that impact on politics and determine uncertainty about democratic matters?,” into the broad context of practical philosophy by offering a conceptual map of clusters of micro-problems and concrete examples relating to “e-democracy.” The point is to highlight when and why the hyphen of e-democracy has a conjunctive or a disjunctive function in respect to stocktaking from past experiences and settled democratic theories. The chapter's claim is that there is considerable scope to analyse how and why online politics fail or succeed. The field needs both further empirical and theoretical work.

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Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2014. 200-223 p.
Keyword [en]
digital democracy, e-democracy, digital age, democracy studies, e-governance, internet governance, philosophy
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Philosophy Ethics Law and Society Law (excluding Law and Society) Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies) Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Practical Philosophy; Jurisprudence
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-228212DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6038-0.ch013ISBN: 9781466660380OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-228212DiVA: diva2:733065
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Available from: 2014-07-07 Created: 2014-07-07 Last updated: 2014-07-08Bibliographically approved

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