Building strong e-democracy: the role of technology in developing democracy for the information age


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ISSN: 1557-7317

Type of work: Article (academic)




The idea of democracy had come a long way before it was given its first modern forms in the liberal ideas of the 17th and 18th centuries. Now the premises of this hierarchical and representative political system are crumbling, and we must seriously consider the need to revitalize democracy. This article aims at clarifying the overall preconditions for the revitalization of democracy, and demonstrates how to build a comprehensive framework for a multidimensional institutional design in which the potentials of ICTs are made to serve relevant democratic purposes. What conditions the functioning of any contemporary democratic system includes such contextual factors as increased global interdependency, extended use of market-based mechanisms, significant impacts of media and ICTs, new forms of governance, and individualism in its various forms. One of the most burning issues is how to develop new democracy in such a complex setting so that it accords with people’s ways of thinking and acting. To ensure this, citizens with all their collective actions and willingness to influence public affairs must be placed in the overall framework of e-transformation in politics. This implies that we go beyond the dichotomous discourse that suggests that we have a choice to make between democracy- as-usual and direct e-democracy.