Van Der Merwe, Rean and Meehan, Anthony
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Direct deliberative democracy presents a conceptually attractive model of civic governance – particularly relevant at local scale. We outline the 'work' of direct deliberative democracy by considering its underlying principles and objectives, and discuss four fundamental challenges that are commonly proposed: the difficulty of coordinating direct participation, the expertise required of participants, the often underestimated dynamics of power in direct action, and that deliberation is not necessarily the sole, ideal mode of participation. At hand of a case study of an online 'community of interest', the paper investigates the potential role of social media to facilitate this work, and to mitigate the challenges cited.
|Item Type:||Book Chapter|
|Copyright Holders:||2010 Springer|
|Extra Information:||Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Designing Cooperative Systems, May, 18-21, 2010, Aix-en-Provence|
|Keywords:||direct deliberative democracy; civic governance; social media;|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications|
|Interdisciplinary Research Centre:||Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)|
|Depositing User:||Rean Van Der Merwe|
|Date Deposited:||03 Jun 2010 12:27|
|Last Modified:||09 Dec 2012 20:55|
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