The Prospect of Internet Democracy Book

The Prospect of Internet Democracy


  • Author : Michael Margolis
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-02-24
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317018827

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The Prospect of Internet Democracy Excerpt :

The internet opens up new opportunities for citizens to organize and mobilize for action but it also provides new channels that established political, social and economic interests can use to extend their powers. Will the internet revolutionize politics? The Prospect of Internet Democracy is a rich and detailed exploration of the theoretical implications of the internet and related information and communication technologies (ICTs) for democratic theory. Focusing in particular on how political uses of the internet have affected or seem likely to affect patterns of influence among citizens, interest groups and political institutions, the authors examine whether the internet's impact on democratic politics is destined to repeat the history of other innovative ICTs. The volume explores the likely long-term effects of such uses on the conduct of politics in the USA and other nations that declare themselves modern democracies and assesses the extent to which they help or hinder viable democratic governance.

Democracy Online Book

Democracy Online


  • Author : Peter M. Shane
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2004-07-15
  • Genre: Law
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781135934170

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Taking a multidisciplinary approach that they identify as a "cyber-realist research agenda," the contributors to this volume 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.

Can The Internet Strengthen Democracy  Book

Can The Internet Strengthen Democracy


  • Author : Stephen Coleman
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2017-05-11
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN 10 : 9781509508402

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Can The Internet Strengthen Democracy Excerpt :

From its inception as a public communication network, the Internet was regarded by many people as a potential means of escaping from the stranglehold of top-down, stage-managed politics. If hundreds of millions of people could be the producers as well as receivers of political messages, could that invigorate democracy? If political elites fail to respond to such energy, where will it leave them? In this short book, internationally renowned scholar of political communication, Stephen Coleman, argues that the best way to strengthen democracy is to re-invent it for the twenty-first century. Governments and global institutions have failed to seize the opportunity to democratise their ways of operating, but online citizens are ahead of them, developing practices that could revolutionise the exercise of political power.

The Internet and Democracy Building in Lusophone African Countries Book

The Internet and Democracy Building in Lusophone African Countries


  • Author : Susana Salgado
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-03-03
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 198
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317027133

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The Internet and Democracy Building in Lusophone African Countries Excerpt :

This timely book fills an important gap in the literature on the influence of the Internet and new media in Portuguese speaking African countries. Based on extensive field work throughout the region the author examines the influence of the Internet in the transition to democracy in Africa, and asks whether there are new possibilities for popular activism to emerge from evolving communication environments and media systems. The book analyses the different forms of democracy, the concept of development, and addresses the debate about the relationship between democracy and development and explores the influence of the media in the democratization process, the promises that digital media bring to this process and to development and the implications of the African digital divide. In certain countries in this region democracy and independent news media are in their infancy but are starting to take hold, giving an excellent opportunity to observe the dynamics of civil society and the influence of increased freedom, new voting powers and new media in particular. The book offers important insights into the roles and functions that the media in general, and the Internet in particular, can perform in the creation of a more democratic society, as well as in empowering and educating citizens in democratic values.

The Internet and Democratic Citizenship Book

The Internet and Democratic Citizenship


  • Author : Stephen Coleman
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 220
  • ISBN 10 : 9780521817523

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The Internet and Democratic Citizenship Excerpt :

This book examines how the Internet can improve public communications and enrich democracy.

Beyond Bureaucracy Book

Beyond Bureaucracy


  • Author : Alois A. Paulin
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2017-04-22
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 375
  • ISBN 10 : 9783319541426

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Beyond Bureaucracy Excerpt :

This book examines the role of bureaucracy in modern technologically advanced societies, the traditional models of governance, and the potential of information technology to fundamentally change and improve governance. In the area of public-domain governance, information and communication technologies (ICTs) have empowered public agencies to improve their activities and to strengthen the efficiency of their operations. Technology has enabled optimized transfer of knowledge and information between government agencies, more efficient supervision and control of relationships with citizens, and higher efficiency in law enforcement through better access to information. Throughout the last decades, technology has been used to strengthen the role of state bureaucracies and the relationship between the civil service and the citizens. We have witnessed the transformative powers of ICTs in private-sector enterprises in well-structured technological landscapes, which has produced new ecosystems comprised of software developers, providers, and consumers who provide and consume new products and services in ecosystems that are based on clear technological standards and shared modular generic artefacts, which allow for distributed peer production. ICTs will shape cultural and civic discourse and create products, services and tools, relying on the open toolsets, technologies and exchange of knowledge between peers. This book will be of particular interest to government CIOs, IT/IS managers, researchers, students, and practitioners in technical sciences, public administration, business management, public policy and IS management.

Prospects of Democracy Book

Prospects of Democracy


  • Author : Tatu Vanhanen
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2002-11-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 392
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134762279

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Prospects of Democracy Excerpt :

This book provides the most extensive comparative survey of the state and conditions of democracy ever made. It focuses on 172 contemporary states, with historical data on the measures of democracy and on explanatory variables extending back to the 1850s. It presents a comprehensive exploration of democratization, its successes and failures, making predictions on the prospects for democracy for single countries and for seven regions of the world. As well as presenting empirical analyses of democratization on the basis of Vanhanens's resource distribution theory of democratization and making predictions on the prospects, the book includes contributions from five commentators, Mitchell A. Seligson on Latin America, Samuel Decalo and John W. Forje on Africa, John Henderson on Oceania and Ilter Turan on why some of the countires that pass Vanhanen's democratic threshold cannot in fact be seen as democracies. The volume also includes an introductory chapter which examines and compares other theoretical interpretations of democratization. Prospects for Democracy will be essential reading for all serious students of comparative politics and democracy.

The Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy Book

The Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy


  • Author : André Bächtiger
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-08-23
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 816
  • ISBN 10 : 9780191064579

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The Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy Excerpt :

Deliberative democracy has been one of the main games in contemporary political theory for two decades, growing enormously in size and importance in political science and many other disciplines. The Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy takes stock of deliberative democracy as a research field, in philosophy, in various research programmes in the social sciences and law, and in political practice around the globe. It provides a concise history of deliberative ideals in political thought and discusses their philosophical origins. The Handbook locates deliberation in political systems with different spaces, publics, and venues, including parliaments, courts, governance networks, protests, mini-publics, old and new media, and everyday talk. It engages with practical applications, mapping deliberation as a reform movement and as a device for conflict resolution, documenting the practice and study of deliberative democracy around the world and in global governance.

The Internet in China Book

The Internet in China


  • Author : Zixue Tai
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2007-05-07
  • Genre: Computers
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781135869915

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The Internet in China Excerpt :

The Internet in China examines the cultural and political ramifications of the Internet for Chinese society. The rapid growth of the Internet has been enthusiastically embraced by the Chinese government, but the government has also rushed to seize control of the virtual environment. Individuals have responded with impassioned campaigns against official control of information. The emergence of a civil society via cyberspace has had profound effects upon China--for example, in 2003, based on an Internet campaign, the Chinese Supreme People's Court overturned the ruling of a local court for the first time since the Communist Party came to power in 1949. The important question this book asks is not whether the Internet will democratize China, but rather in what ways the Internet is democratizing communication in China. How is the Internet empowering individuals by fostering new types of social spaces and redefining existing social relations?

Politics and the Internet in Comparative Context Book

Politics and the Internet in Comparative Context


  • Author : Paul Nixon
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-07-24
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 260
  • ISBN 10 : 9781135104023

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Politics and the Internet in Comparative Context Excerpt :

For many years now we have witnessed the developing use of the internet and associated technologies by political actors and organisations. Claims and counter claims have been made as its suitability as a tool to help in the struggle to re-invigorate political participation in democracies across the globe has been contested. This book charts the shifting sands of political activity in the digital age. It interrogates the hybrid nature of modern politics as online and offline actions blur the boundaries of traditional politics between ‘real-life’ co-presence and the booming virtual domain of politics. By so doing, it critically reflects on the latest scholarship on the subject while concurrently advancing stimulating new insights into it. Encapsulating both the range and the diverse velocities of change in different political arenas and geographical locations, this volumes seeks to map out a path if not towards the politics of tomorrow then towards a better comprehension of the politics of today. Featuring a range of international and comparative case studies presenting research on the UK, US, Italy, France, Spain, Romania, Africa and China, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of Politics and Media, Political Communication, New Media studies, Public Administration, Sociology, Communication Studies, Computing and Information and Communications Technologies.

Digital Media and Democracy Book

Digital Media and Democracy


  • Author : Megan Boler
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release Date : 2010-08-13
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN 10 : 9780262292566

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Media scholars, artists, activists, and journalists discuss how the uses of the emerging “Social Web” redefine the public sphere and influence mainstream journalism. In an age of proliferating media and news sources, who has the power to define reality? When the dominant media declared the existence of WMDs in Iraq, did that make it a fact? Today, the “Social Web” (sometimes known as Web 2.0, groupware, or the participatory web)—epitomized by blogs, viral videos, and YouTube—creates new pathways for truths to emerge and makes possible new tactics for media activism. In Digital Media and Democracy, leading scholars in media and communication studies, media activists, journalists, and artists explore the contradiction at the heart of the relationship between truth and power today: the fact that the radical democratization of knowledge and multiplication of sources and voices made possible by digital media coexists with the blatant falsification of information by political and corporate powers. The book maps a new digital media landscape that features citizen journalism, The Daily Show, blogging, and alternative media. The contributors discuss broad questions of media and politics, offer nuanced analyses of change in journalism, and undertake detailed examinations of the use of web-based media in shaping political and social movements. The chapters include not only essays by noted media scholars but also interviews with such journalists and media activists as Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, Media Matters host Robert McChesney, and Hassan Ibrahim of Al Jazeera. Contributors and Interviewees Shaina Anand, Chris Atton, Megan Boler, Axel Bruns, Jodi Dean, Ron Deibert, Deepa Fernandes, Amy Goodman, Brian Holmes, Hassan Ibrahim, Geert Lovink, Nathalie Magnan, Robert McChesney, Graham Meikle, Susan Moeller, Alessandra Renzi, Ricardo Rosas, Trebor Scholz, D. Travers Scott, Rebecca Statzel

Social Media and Democracy Book

Social Media and Democracy


  • Author : Nathaniel Persily
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-08-31
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 350
  • ISBN 10 : 9781108835558

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Social Media and Democracy Excerpt :

A state-of-the-art account of what we know and do not know about the effects of digital technology on democracy.

Expertisation and Democracy in Europe Book

Expertisation and Democracy in Europe


  • Author : Magdalena Góra
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-11-27
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 230
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351974851

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Expertisation and Democracy in Europe Excerpt :

Expertisation and Democracy in Europe provides a much-needed account of the role and re-organisation of expertise and expert knowledge in Europe and the European Union in a broad range of policy spheres, contributing to the debate triggered by the recent crises. It brings novel perspectives to debates on technocracy and our understanding of the relations between knowledge, experts and democracy. The book explores and assesses new and old linkages between knowledge, expertise and democracy, and expands and deepens the current debates by addressing questions such as: What is the role of expertise in Europe? How is knowledge of different kinds embedded in and decisive for democratic practice in contemporary democracies? How are we to assess recent transformations of the expert-citizens and government-civil society relationships from the perspective of democracy, and which paths are viable in the years to come? Finally, the book engages with and gives flesh to the notion of expertisation not only as a broad political and societal diagnosis, but also as a multidimensional and deeply contested process that enfolds in concrete practices and institutional settings. This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of European studies, European and European Union politics, democracy, public policy, international relations, sociology, gender studies and media studies.

Empowering Open and Collaborative Governance Book
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Empowering Open and Collaborative Governance


  • Author : Yannis Charalabidis
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release Date : 2012-03-05
  • Genre: Computers
  • Pages : 298
  • ISBN 10 : 9783642272196

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Empowering Open and Collaborative Governance Excerpt :

The use of information and communication technologies to support public administrations, governments and decision makers has been recorded for more than 20 years and dubbed e-Government. Moving towards open governance roadmaps worldwide, electronic participation and citizen engagement stand out as a new domain, important both for decision makers and citizens; and over the last decade, there have been a variety of related pilot projects and innovative approaches. With contributions from leading researchers, Charalabidis and Koussouris provide the latest research findings such as theoretical foundations, principles, methodologies, architectures, technical frameworks, cases and lessons learnt within the domain of open, collaborative governance and online citizen engagement. The book is divided into three sections: Section one, “Public Policy Debate Foundations,” lays the foundations regarding processes and methods for scoping, planning, evaluating and transforming citizen engagement. The second section, “Information and Communication Technologies for Citizen Participation,” details practical approaches to designing and creating collaborative governance infrastructures and citizen participation for businesses and administrations. Lastly, the third section on “Future Research Directions of Open, Collaborative ICT-enabled Governance” provides a constructive critique of the developments in the past and presents prospects regarding future challenges and research directions. The book is mainly written for academic researchers and graduate students working in the computer, social, political and management sciences. Its audience includes researchers and practitioners in e-Governance, public administration officials, policy and decision makers at the local, national and international level engaged in the design and creation of policies and services, and ICT professionals engaged in e-Governance and policy modelling projects and solutions.

Academic Writing  Real World Topics   Concise Edition Book

Academic Writing Real World Topics Concise Edition


  • Author : Michael Rectenwald
  • Publisher : Broadview Press
  • Release Date : 2016-07-20
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 392
  • ISBN 10 : 9781554813308

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Academic Writing Real World Topics Concise Edition Excerpt :

Academic Writing, Real World Topics fills a void in the writing-across-the-curriculum textbook market. It draws together articles and essays of actual academic prose as opposed to journalism; it arranges material by topic instead of by discipline or academic division; and it approaches topics from multiple disciplinary and critical perspectives.With extensive introductions, rhetorical instruction, and suggested additional resources accompanying each chapter, Academic Writing, Real World Topics introduces students to the kinds of research and writing that they will be expected to undertake throughout their college careers and beyond. This concise edition provides all the features of the complete edition in a more compact and affordable format. Key Features: - Contemporary, cutting-edge readings on relevant topics - Extensive cross-referencing between the rhetoric and the reader to help students make connections - Full-length essays rather than excerpts - Chapter introductions that put readings in context and promote interdisciplinary connections - Sample student essays to demonstrate student contribution - “As You Read” guides to each chapter that encourage readers to locate points of contact among readings - Questions after each reading that enable comprehension, help students identify rhetorical moves, and prompt oral and written response