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John Michael Roberts

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447308225

Published to Policy 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

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

John Michael Roberts

Policy Press

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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