Democracy Online: The Prospects for Political Renewal Through the Internet / Edition 1

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What are the real opportunities and challenges most likely to arise from the emerging on-line democracy? Does the Internet 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415948654
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Shane is Joseph S. Platt - Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur Professor of Law at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he directs the Center for Law, Policy and Social Science

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Table of Contents

Introduction : the prospects for electronic democracy
Pt. 1 The potential for democratic technologies and new political practices
1 Technologies for democracy 3
2 Unchat : democratic solution for a wired world 21
3 Cyberjuries : a model of deliberative democracy? 35
4 Expanding dialogue : the Internet, public sphere, and transnational democracy 47
Pt. 2 Electronic democracy and democratic revitalization
5 The electronic federalist : the Internet and the eclectic institutionalization of democratic legitimacy 65
6 Global governance and electronic democracy : e-politics as a multidimensional experience 83
7 Interactivity, equality, and the prospects for electronic democracy : a review 95
8 Online deliberation : possibilities of the Internet for deliberative democracy 109
9 Hacktivism and the future of democratic discourse 123
10 ICANN and electronic democratic deficit 141
Pt. 3 The lessons of electronic democracy practice
11 Digital deliberation : engaging the public through online policy dialogues 155
12 Participation, deliberative democracy, and the Internet : lessons from a national forum on commercial vehicle safety 167
13 Internet-based political discourse : a case study of electronic democracy in Hoogeveen 181
14 The league of women voters' DemocracyNet (DNet) : an exercise in online civic engagement 195
Pt. 4 Social, psychological, and political contexts for electronic democracy
15 Virtual distance and America's changing sense of community 209
16 Access, skill, and motivation in online political discussion : testing cyberrealism 225
17 Virtual deliberation : knowledge from online interaction versus ordinary discussion 239
18 The challenge of e-democracy for political parties 253
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