publication . Other literature type . Article . 2015

The Problem of Citizens: E-Democracy for Actually Existing Democracy

Daniel Kreiss;
  • Published: 22 Sep 2015
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
Abstract
This article argues that many contemporary e-democracy projects, particularly in the United States, have at their heart a model of atomistic, independent, rational, and general-interest citizens. As such, these projects, variously grouped under the labels of e-governance, online deliberation, open government, and civic technology, often assume a broad shared consensus about collective definitions of “public problems” that both does not exist and sidesteps debates over what these problems are and what potential solutions can and should be. Drawing on recent theories of political parties, social identity, and cultural cognition, this article argues that e-democrac...
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free text keywords: Communication. Mass media, P87-96, Online deliberation, E-governance, Law and economics, E-democracy, Deliberation, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Politics, Cultural cognition, Democracy, Open government, Socioeconomics, Sociology
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