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Title: Web 2.0 and deliberation: An introduction
Authors: Milioni, Dimitra L. 
Triga, Vasiliki 
Category: Engineering & Technology
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
Source: International Journal of Electronic Governance Volume: 5 Issue: 1 Pages: 3-10
Abstract: The deliberative ideal, rooted in the highly influential Habermasian notion of critical-rational discussion that should guide citizen interaction in the public sphere, has held astrong normative grip on political imagination of ‘strong’ democracy and ‘thick’ forms of citizenship. Since the 1990s, the significant developments in communication technologieshave fuelled theoretical and empirical investigation of ICT-assisted applications of deliberative political processes as a serious alternative to existing liberal models of democracy and the conventional individualistic and aggregative ethos regarding citizen participation. Kies (2010, pp.30–32) summarises the ground on which normative superiorityof deliberative democracy vis-à-vis liberal and republican models rests: deliberative processes are more likely to (a) narrow down risks of strong moral conflicts, typical of complex and multicultural societies, as they are better adapted to produce agreement or atleast mutual respect between conflicting parties; (b) increase the legitimacy andacceptance of collective decisions; (c) limit polarisation of social groups; (d) foster civicattitudes that are oriented more strongly towards the public interest, inviting citizens totake into consideration the perspectives and concerns of the weaker sections of involved populations.
Type: Article
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