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John Michael Roberts

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447308225

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447308225.001.0001

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E-democracy and public deliberation in the competent public sphere

E-democracy and public deliberation in the competent public sphere

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(p.67) Four E-democracy and public deliberation in the competent public sphere
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New media and public activism
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John Michael Roberts

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447308225.003.0004

This chapter applies the critical analysis set out in the previous two chapters to debates around e-democracy. The chapter firstly sets out some of the positive arguments in favour of e-democracy, for example that it opens up new channels of deliberation and democratic possibilities amongst ordinary people. The chapter contends, however, that many of these positive attributes of e-democracy are unfortunately contradicted by the negative traits of neoliberal, competent workfare social policies. The chapter sets out these critical points through an array of concrete examples.

Keywords:   e-democracy, new public management, neoliberalism, online deliberative democracy, social divisions

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