Issues of digital disempowerment and new media networking (NMN) in relation to e-government

Kenneth L. Hacker, Eric L. Morgan

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Emerging media technologies are increasingly reconfiguring the public sphere by creating new spaces for political dialogue. E-democracy (digital democracy) and e-government can be usefully served by these emerging technologies; however, their existence does not automatically equate to increased political participation. There is still a need to develop specific and theoretically-oriented approaches to a newly reconfigured public sphere. Employing a structurational perspective, this essay addresses the relationship between political participation, emerging media, new media networking, and e-democracy. While new media networking increases the potential for political participation, depending on various factors such as access, usage and skills, the potential exists for increasing disempowerment as well. The chapter concludes with recommendations for the use of new media networking in ways that enhance e-democracy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInformation Communication Technologies and the Virtual Public Sphere
Subtitle of host publicationImpacts of Network Structures on Civil Society
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9781609601591
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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