Giles Moss and Stéphanie Wojcik

in Communication

ISBN: 9780199756841
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:


The term “e-democracy” refers to the relationship between democracy and new media and information and communication technology (ICT). The nature of this relationship is a matter of considerable debate both empirically and normatively. Although many commentators view ICT as a democratizing force, others suggest that the democratic effects of ICT are minimal or perhaps even deleterious. Writers also disagree in normative terms about what type of democracy ICT should be used to support. Like democracy, e-democracy is a complex and contested concept, and a number of different models of e-democracy have been advocated. Reflecting these different views, e-democracy may encompass a wide range of democratic practices and is by no means limited to the formal institutions of representative government and politics. However, the term “e-democracy” is most often used to refer to activities in and around the sphere of conventional politics; this narrower definition is given primacy here. Defined as such, the field of e-democracy includes the conceptualization and empirical study of key practices such as voting, rulemaking and consultation, deliberation, political campaigning and party activities, petitioning, and information provision and open government.

Article.  9186 words. 

Subjects: Communication Studies

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