The political in the age of the digital: propositions for empirical investigation

Bessant, Judith (2014) The political in the age of the digital: propositions for empirical investigation. Politics: cutting edge political science in short-article format, 34(1), pp. 33-44.

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This article establishes whether there is a case for revising traditional accounts of politics and the public sphere given the ways in which digital technology is now being used in Western and non-Western settings to engage people politically. The article presents a case for framing this inquiry in terms of imaginaries. It then argues for a new political imaginary which helps to specify what is required for deliberative democratic practice in a way that shifts us away from the dominant liberal-utilitarian political imaginary that currently informs the political value systems of most Western nations. Drawing on the work of key political theorists such as Habermas and Dahlgren, five propositions or conditions for deliberative practice are identified that can be used in empirical investigation to help determine the democratic capacity and potential of new political communication and civic spaces being opened by means of digital media.

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ID Code: 80565
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: new politics;digital media;civic space;political imaginary;deliberative practice
DOI: 10.1111/1467-9256.12015
ISSN: 0263-3957
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Deposited On: 21 Jan 2015 22:48
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2015 02:27

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