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This publication sets out to make the case for giving everyone the possibility of participating in the development of a European vision of democracy in the age of the information society. It asks what impact the new media are having on politics and representative democracy, looking at the growing relationship between politics and the media and the new links between democracy and representation. It also examines the effect of technological development on the broadening of the political arena and the new ways of exercising political responsibility. The possibility that everyone can be consulted about everything, with traditional forms of democratic representation being challenged by the new power of the media, is considered with its profound implications, including the development of novel methods of organizing and regulating political life. The book includes a number of contributions from academics and practitioners from Europe and North America, who include practical examples of the new forms of democracy in action, some of them on a local more

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  • Book | 208 pages
  • Kogan Page Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0749433396
  • 9780749433390

Table of contents

Part 1 Democracy in transition - cybernetics and politics: the effects of the new media on politics and representative democracy; emergence of new modes of collective debate; conclusion. Part 2 The European Union and the revival of democracy - meeting points: the contributions of political philosophy - two schools of thought; actual experiences, practical points of reference concerning changes in democracy and public services; in the political arena; changing values within the framework of technological change. Part 3 Political sphere and cyberspace - a project for the EU: the information society and democracy; the role and interests of the EU; a European public sphere. General more