The Internet, Democracy, and Democratization

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Peter Ferdinand
Taylor & Francis US, 2000 - Political Science - 193 pages
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The Internet is transforming political institutions and modes of political communication. It is also transforming relaitons between states and between citizens. Above all it provides opportunities to create new political communities. This book provides examples of how it is beginning to do so at the sub-state, state and international levels. Both established democracies, such as the US, the UK and Germany, as well as authoritarian regimes in Asia and Africa, are having to come to terms with it. But although it can be a force for increased democracy and for the spread of human rights worldwide, it may also be used by anti-democratic groups who have previously been marginalised. Both ethnic minorities and neo-Nazi groups are already trying to make the most of the Internet. Strong democracy or a 1984-type state: both are possibilities, both present enormous challenges.
 

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Contents

The Internet Democracy and Democratization
1
Electronic Communication and Electronic Democracy
18
Strong Democracy US Political Campaigns and the Internet
36
Revitalizing the Party System or ZeitgeistonLine? Virtual Party Headquarters and Virtual Party Branches in Germany
59
The Politics of African America OnLine
76
AntiModern Political Movements and Modern Media
102
The Internet in Indonesias New Democracy
119
The Electronic Republic? The Role of the Internet in Promoting Democracy in Africa
137
Tibet Democracy and the Internet Bazaar
157
Conclusion
174
Abstracts
183
Notes on Contributors
187
Index
189
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