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Is Modern Information Technology Enabling the Evolution of a More Direct Democracy?

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Many futurists, technologists, and democratic theorists have asserted the Internet and modern information technology are enabling the realization of an authentic direct democracy, or at least a more participatory democracy. Conversely, critics contend advances in technology are only automating the existing democracy. This article explores the potential of modern information technology to enable the emergence of a more participatory democratic system. In particular, the key foundations of modern direct democracy are analyzed with respect to promising technological developments.
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Keywords: Deliberative democracy; Internet and society; direct democracy; evolutionary models; participatory democracy; society and technology

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Saybrook Graduate School, San Francisco, California, USA,The International Systems Institute, Livermore, California, USA

Publication date: 01 July 2007

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