Democratic Governance and New Technology: Technologically by Ivan Horrocks

By Ivan Horrocks

Drawing on case reports from Denmark, The Netherlands and the united kingdom, this publication discusses new details and communique applied sciences (ICTs). participants argue that ICTs play a major position within the means of restructuring and redefining uncomplicated family members in the political structures of Western democracies.

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1988) ‘Scandinavian citizenship’, Acta Sociologica, 31 (3): 199–215. Hoff, J. and Stormgaard, K. Snellen (eds) Informatization Strategies in Public Administration, Amsterdam: Elsevier Science Publishers, pp. 107–132. Johansson, S. (1998) ‘Life between actor and structure: an analysis of constructivist approaches to technological development in a neoinstitutional perspective’, paper presented to RC23—Research Committee on Sociology of Science and Technology, ISA XIV World Congress of Sociology, 26 July-1 August 1998, Montreal, Canada.

Thus, the development of democratic identities seems particularly important in both the neo-republican and cyberdemocracy models. The development of capabilities seems important in both the consumer democracy model (rights) and in the cyberdemocracy model (political competences). And, finally, the development of an adaptive political system seems particularly pertinent in both the demo-elitist and neo-republican model (see Fig. 2). ON DISCOURSES AND STRATEGIES As we have claimed that our four models of democracy constitute both discourses and strategies, a word on our conception of both of these concepts is needed.

This basically seems to embody six democratic norms of a procedural character. 24 JENS HOFF Equality in access to influence It is a fundamental democratic norm that all members of the demos shall—at least in principle—have equal opportunities for exercising their influence. The norm is expressed in the ‘one person one vote’ principle laid down in the constitution or adjacent laws. Related to this principle is the idea that no-one should be exposed to political steering (laws, regulations) which they have not— at least in principle—had any influence upon.

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