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E-Democracy and the European Public Sphere

Hennen, L.

Abstract:
The chapter starts with an outline of outstanding recent contributions to the discussion of the EU democratic deficit and the so-called “no demos” problem and the debate about European citizenship and European identity—mainly in the light of insights from the EU crisis. This is followed by reflections on the recent discussion on the state of the mass media-based European public sphere. Finally, the author discusses the state of research on the Internet’s capacity to support the emergence of a (renewed) public sphere, with a focus on options for political actors to use the Internet for communication and campaigning, on the related establishment of segmented issue-related publics as well as on social media and its two-faced character as an enabler as well as a distorting factor of the public sphere. The author is sceptic about the capacities of Internet-based political communication to develop into a supranational (European) public sphere. It rather establishes a network of a multitude of discursive processes aimed at opinion formation at various levels and on various issues. The potential of online communication to increase the responsiveness of political institutions so far is set into practice insufficiently. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000102384
Veröffentlicht am 14.02.2020
Originalveröffentlichung
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-27184-8_3
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Publikationstyp Buchaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISBN: 978-3-030-27183-1
ISSN: 2524-3926
KITopen-ID: 1000102384
HGF-Programm 48.01.02 (POF III, LK 01)
Knowledge society and knowledge policy
Erschienen in European E-Democracy in Practice. Ed.: L. Hennen
Verlag Springer, Cham
Seiten 47-92
Serie Studies in Digital Politics and Governance ; 1
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 07.11.2019
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