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Digital Democracy
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Digital Democracy
Issues of Theory and Practice

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December 2000 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Increasing attention is being paid to the political uses of the new communication technologies. Digital Democracy offers an invaluable in-depth explanation of what issues of theory and application are most important to the emergence and development of computer-mediated communication systems for political purposes.

The book provides a wide-ranging critical examination of the concept of virtual democracy as discussed in theory and as implemented in practice and policy that has been hitherto unavailable. It addresses how the Internet, World Wide Web and computer-mediated political communication are affecting democracy and focuses on the various theoretical and practical issues involved in digital democracy. Using international examples Digital Democracy attempts to connect theoretical analysis to considerations of practice and policy.

 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION AND HISTORY
What Is Digital Democracy?

Kenneth L Hacker and Jan van Dijk
Everett M Rogers and Sheena Malhotra
Computers as Communication
The Rise of Digital Democracy

 
 
PART TWO: THEORY
Jan van Dijk
Models of Democracy and Concepts of Communication
Martin Hagan
Digital Democracy and Political Systems
John Keane
Structural Transformations of the Public Sphere
Sinikka Sassi
The Controversies of the Internet and the Revitalization of Local Political Life
 
PART THREE: PRACTICE
Kenneth L Hacker
White House Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) and Political Interactivity
Anita Elberse, Matthew Hale and William Dutton
Guiding Voters through the Net
The Democracy Network in a California Primary

 
Nicholas Jankowski and Martine van Selm
The Promise and Practice of Public Debate in Cyberspace
Jan van Dijk
The Widening Information Gap and Policies of Prevention
Michel Catinat and Thierry Vedel
Public Policies for Digital Democracy
 
PART FOUR: SUMMARY
Jan van Dijk and Kenneth L Hacker
Summary

`Hacker and van Dijk present an insightful collection exploring the nature of digital democracy.... This book does much to demystify the overused terminology associated with digital democracy, and manages to aviod the hyperbole and utopian tendencies often evident within existing analysis of "cyberpolitics".... highly recommended' - Political Theory

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