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EU democracy and e-democracy: can the two be reconciled?


Mendez, Fernando (2013). EU democracy and e-democracy: can the two be reconciled? In: Demetriou, Kyriakos N. Democracy in Transition : Political Participation in the European Union. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 161-178.

Abstract

For many observers neither EU-democracy nor e-democracy exist in any meaningful sense. With regard to the latter this is certainly the case, though this does not mean that we are not witnessing innovative experimentation with information and communication technologies (ICT) in the democratic realm. This chapter focuses on the prospects for e-democratic experimentation in the EU political setting. Drawing on normative democratic theory we look at four dimensions of e-democratic innovation: ICT techniques aimed at improving mechanisms of (1) representation, (2) participation and (3) deliberation and (4) opening new channels of contestation. The aim of the chapter is to survey some recent e-democratic innovations within the framework of these four broader normative visions and, in doing so, investigate the potential impact of ICT driven innovation on EU democratisation.

Abstract

For many observers neither EU-democracy nor e-democracy exist in any meaningful sense. With regard to the latter this is certainly the case, though this does not mean that we are not witnessing innovative experimentation with information and communication technologies (ICT) in the democratic realm. This chapter focuses on the prospects for e-democratic experimentation in the EU political setting. Drawing on normative democratic theory we look at four dimensions of e-democratic innovation: ICT techniques aimed at improving mechanisms of (1) representation, (2) participation and (3) deliberation and (4) opening new channels of contestation. The aim of the chapter is to survey some recent e-democratic innovations within the framework of these four broader normative visions and, in doing so, investigate the potential impact of ICT driven innovation on EU democratisation.

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Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology > Center for Ethics
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Language:English
Date:24 September 2013
Deposited On:21 Jul 2015 10:31
Last Modified:28 Apr 2017 00:42
Publisher:Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
ISBN:978-3-642-30067-7
Free access at:Related URL. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-30068-4_9
Related URLs:http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-642-30068-4_9 (Publisher)

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