Hoff, Jens; Horrocks, Ivan and Tops, Pieter eds.
Democratic Governance and New Technology: Technologically Mediated Innovations in Political Practice in Western Europe.
Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science, 9.
The focus of this book is the relationship between new forms of information and communication technology (ICT) and the current restructuring and redefinition of many of the fundamental relations within the political systems of Western European countries. The basic claim of the book is that ICT plays an important role in this process of restructuring and redefining. Evidence is brought forward of this relationship: that ICT has become part and parcel of different new 'visions' or models of democracy. However, the book concludes that the extent to which these developments offer solutions to concerns about a crises of democracy that have been a feature of Western democracies since the 1960s is questionable. Instead the evidence suggests that what is emerging is a 'two tier democracy': a 'big' democracy concerned with policy and decision-making at national and international level, and a 'small' democracy where 'ordinary' citizens try to make a difference in terms of the quality of their everyday life.
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