In this article, we provide an overview of the main theoretical approaches to e-democracy, also considering that their history is intertwined with studies on e-government on the one hand and with research on digital communication on the other. In particular, we have explored the critical issues represented by the different models of e-government and edemocracy. Studies on digital activism have only recently met those on e-democracy, despite an apparent conceptual contiguity. The belated meeting between these two strands of research is to be found in the assimilation of many e-government/e democracy practices in the context of neoliberalism and its tendencies toward depoliticization. The concept of platform arises at the intersection among studies on digital activism, edemocracy research, and the analysis of new forms of social organization: It seems to be able to constitute a common territory of research and mutual recognition.

E-Democracy and Digital Activism: From Divergent Paths Toward A New Frame / De Blasio, Emiliana; Sorice, Michele. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION. - ISSN 1932-8036. - 13:(2019), pp. 5715-5733.

E-Democracy and Digital Activism: From Divergent Paths Toward A New Frame

Emiliana De Blasio
;
Michele Sorice
2019

Abstract

In this article, we provide an overview of the main theoretical approaches to e-democracy, also considering that their history is intertwined with studies on e-government on the one hand and with research on digital communication on the other. In particular, we have explored the critical issues represented by the different models of e-government and edemocracy. Studies on digital activism have only recently met those on e-democracy, despite an apparent conceptual contiguity. The belated meeting between these two strands of research is to be found in the assimilation of many e-government/e democracy practices in the context of neoliberalism and its tendencies toward depoliticization. The concept of platform arises at the intersection among studies on digital activism, edemocracy research, and the analysis of new forms of social organization: It seems to be able to constitute a common territory of research and mutual recognition.
e-Democracy, Digital Activism, Political Participation, Media Studies, Critical Theory
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