Information Technology and the Democratic Deficit

By:
Prof Marek Debicki
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Empirical studies both in North America and in Europe show alarmingly declining rates of citizens participation in co=governance of their polities. Even participation in elections (particularly local) and referenda in many countries are declining. It is commonly assumed that IT will (and does) increase accountability and transparency of political and administrative structures. This paper will argue that IT if improperly applied might contribute to increase in alienation of citizens rather than reducing democratic deficite.


Keywords: Democracy, Deficite, Information, Technology, Alienation, Transparency, Accountability, Participation
Stream: Human Technologies and Useability
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Information Technology and the Democratic Deficit


Prof Marek Debicki

Professor and Vice chairperson of the MPA program, The Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba
Canada


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