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Description - Democracy Online by Peter M. Shane

Nearly every big city in America has an official website, and mid-size towns are finding a use for them, too. On countless message boards and web logs, local, national and international politics are hotly debated. The US government is devoting hundreds of thousands of dollars to facilitating on-line public comments on administrative rules. And Howard Dean's surprising presidential campaign has demonstrated how to turn on-line enthusiasm into real money and flesh-and-blood supporters. The phenomenon of 'electronic democracy' thus seems to hold the potential, perhaps more so than any previous form of communications network or political community, to promote and enhance real engagement and action among the world's citizenry. What are the real opportunities and challenges most likely to arise from this on-line democracy? Does the medium really hold the potential to revitalize and redefine democracy? Taking a multi-disciplinary 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. Ultimately, the contributors argue for a complex, multi-disciplinary approach to the theory behind the workings of e-democracy, as well as to the future development and expansion of technological initiatives to promote online democracy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415948647
ISBN-10: 0415948649
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 300
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 7-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Peter M. Shane

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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