Political Participation in the Digital Age
An Ethnographic Comparison Between Iceland and Germany
This book explores the potential of the Internet for enabling new and flexible political participation modes. It meticulously illustrates how the Internet is responsible for citizens' participation practices from being general, high-threshold, temporally constricted, and dependent on physical presence to being topic-centered, low-threshold, temporally discontinuous, and independent from physical presence. With its ethnographic focus on Icelandic and German online participation tools Betri Reykjavík and LiquidFriesland, the book offers plentiful advice for citizens, programmers, politicians, and administrations alike on how to get the most out of online participation formats.
KeywordsE-Democracy; E-Government; E-Governance; Digital Ethnography; Protest; Social Movements; Iceland; Germany; Reykjavík; Friesland; Liquid Democracy; Citizen Participation; Direct Democracy; Civil Society; Internet; Politics; Digital Media; Cultural Anthropology; Sociology of Media; Political Science
ISBN9783839448885, 9783837648881, 9783732848881
Publication date and placeBielefeld, 2020
Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography