Digital Democracy: Issues of Theory and Practice

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Jan van Dijk, Kenneth L Hacker
SAGE Publications, 2000 - Computers - 228 pages
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Increasing attention is being paid to the political uses of the new communication technologies. Digital Democracy offers an invaluable in-depth explanation of what issues of theory and application are most important to the emergence and development of computer-mediated communication systems for political purposes.

The book provides a wide-ranging critical examination of the concept of virtual democracy as discussed in theory and as implemented in practice and policy that has been hitherto unavailable. It addresses how the Internet, World Wide Web and computer-mediated political communication are affecting democracy and focuses on the various theoretical and practical issues involved in digital democracy. Using inter

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PARTn THEORY
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Digital Democracy and Political Systems
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Jan A.G.M. van Dijk is professor of communication science at the University of Twente, the Netherlands, Department of Communication. His chair is called The Sociology of the Information Society. He is investigating the social aspects of information and communication technology since 1985.

KENNETH L. HACKER is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

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