Title

Democracy to come: Active forums as indicator suites for e-participation and e-governance

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publisher

Springer-Verlag

Faculty

Education and Arts

School

Communications and Arts, Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts,Technology, Education and Communications

RAS ID

9841

Comments

Originally published as: Rodan, D., & Balnaves, M. (2009, September). Democracy to come: Active forums as indicator suites for e-participation and e-governance. In International Conference on Electronic Participation(pp. 175-185). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. Original article available here

Abstract

There is in modern industrial societies a ‘civic deficit’ Civic engagement in the traditional sense of community values and civic participation is declining (Putman 2000). What has not been examined is the ways in which various media including new media may provide real options for participatory cultures and participatory democracy now and in the future. Undoubtedly there are differences between participatory cultures that are considered a ‘genuine’ contribution to representational democracy and those that are not. This paper, based on initial research into Internet activism, will examine GetUp! as a specific example of an active forum that the authors argue enable participatory citizenship through media participation. While there are very few examples of active forums that might be considered a ‘genuine’ contribution to representational democracy there are clear signals that activism through active forums is maturing into a potent democratic force.

DOI

10.1007/978-3-642-03781-8_16

 
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Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1007/978-3-642-03781-8_16