Exploring new media effects on representative democracy

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Abstract:

This article explores the effects of new media upon representative democracy. It begins by considering the lessons from studies of the effects of previous communication media, such as television. A survey of British MPs' use of and attitudes towards new media is reported, as is another survey of British citizens' attitudes towards new media and political institutions. The article concludes by suggesting that systemic changes to democratic representation might occur as a result of new media and setting out some principles likely to result in the best use of new media in representative democracies.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1357233042000246837

Publication date: October 1, 2003

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