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E‐Government and Democracy

Michael Margolis

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199270125
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199270125.003.0041

Series: OXFORD HANDBOOKS POL SCIENCE SERI OHPS C

 E‐Government and Democracy

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This article discusses e-government and democracy. The first section looks at the proximate intellectual roots of cyber-democracy, specifically the ‘New Left’ and the ‘counter-culture’ movements of the 1960s and early 1970s. It also studies the difficulties in implementing direct democracy, despite the increased powers the internet provides to each citizen. The article ends by questioning the advantages of the citizens' judging the results of the public policies. The advantages and dangers of democratic participation that emphasizes the output side of politics are also discussed.

Keywords: e-government; democracy; cyber-democracy; direct democracy; democratic participation; output side of politics; counter-culture movements; New Left movements

Article.  8450 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Political Institutions

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