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Can the Internet Reinvent Democracy?

Sudulich, Laura (2011) Can the Internet Reinvent Democracy? Irish Political Studies, 26 (4). pp. 563-577. ISSN 0790-7184. (doi:10.1080/07907184.2011.619750) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The internet has been expected to modify the very nature of the political discourse by delivering a democratic surplus. It has frequently been regarded as the medium though which the right balance between participation and representation can be achieved. The vary nature of the medium has generated great levels of interest and debate on what type of political activity could be performed online. This paper studies the heuristics of online participation in Ireland and, by addressing the issue of who participates online, it investigates the type of scenario that can be expected to develop in the near future. Using survey data from the Irish National Election Study 2007, this article offers an insight on the process of gathering politically relevant information online and on whether such an activity may lead to further political engagement. Evidence of quite limited but possibly escalating forms of online engagement is found.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/07907184.2011.619750
Uncontrolled keywords: internet, democracy, political participation
Subjects: J Political Science
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Laura Sudulich
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2018 14:21 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 20:18 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/66204 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Sudulich, Laura: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4337-1576
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