Digital Democracy: Discourse and Decision Making in the Information Age

  • Simmons J
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Abstract

Is direct democracy in the age of remote communication possible? Examining the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and their consequences for political institutions, Digital Democracy offers a critical assessment of the concept of an emergent electronic democracy. The international contributors discuss concepts and issues such as democracy and cyberspace, local democracy, global control and interactive ICTs. Investigating the impact of technology on government, they examine the implications of televising the British House of Commons, the effects of ICTs on political parties, and issues surrounding the use of closed-circuit television. Finally, they explore the relationship between ICTs and citizenship with chapters covering democracies online as well as ways to strengthen communities in the Information Age.

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  • James R. Simmons

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