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Direct democracy catalysed by resident-to-resident online deliberation

Van Der Merwe, Rean and Meehan, Anthony (2011). Direct democracy catalysed by resident-to-resident online deliberation. In: Tambouris, Efthimios; Macintosh, Amm and de Bruijn, Hans eds. Electronic Participation. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (6847). Berlin / Heidelberg, Germany: Springer, pp. 169–179.

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In the context of local civic governance, much of the interest in e-Participation concerns the extent to which online media might overcome the limitations of geography and scale, and so allow local interests to be better represented in institutionally driven participatory processes at national or regional level. In contrast, this study investigates the online deliberations of a local, geographically bounded community in a series of mailing lists that had originated from their own initiative and self-organisation. The interactions we observe challenges assumptions of democratic deliberation as mainly policy debate between citizens and government, or of lobbying administrative government. It also proposes a broader conception of the role of online deliberation in local governance, where instrumental decision-making and developing consensus is frequently over privileged in research.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2011 Springer
ISBN: 3-642-23332-5, 978-3-642-23332-6
Extra Information: Third IFIP WG 8.5 International Conference, ePart 2011, Delft, The Netherlands, August 29 – September 1, 2011. Proceedings
Keywords: e-democracy; e-participation; e-governance; neighbourhood democracy; online deliberation
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 32214
Depositing User: Rean Van Der Merwe
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2012 11:04
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 13:37
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