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Information Society and its Manifestations: Economy, Politics, Culture

Edited By Borut Rončević and Matevž Tomšić

The book provides a compilation of idiosyncratic manifestations of information society in techno-economic, political and cultural spheres. The contributors focus on the increasing complexity within information societies. To manage this complexity, societies develop constantly evolving context-specific modes of meta-governance. The contributions allow a better understanding of well-known conceptualizations and definitions of information society and related concepts such as post-industrial society, post-modernity, as well as network society, and knowledge society.

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E-Participation, E-democracy and Political Engagement of the Citizenry in Central and Eastern Europe (Matevž Tomšič and Petra Kleindienst)


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Matevž Tomšič and Petra Kleindienst School of Advanced Social Studies in Nova GoricaGregorčičeva 19, 5000 Nova Gorica, Sloveniamatevz.tomsic,

E-Participation, E-democracy and Political Engagement of the Citizenry in Central and Eastern Europe

Abstract: In many countries, one can perceive the long-term decline in political trust in combination with a decrease of electoral turnout. Thereby mechanisms for enhancing political participation and upgrading of political competence of the citizens in contemporary democracies could be very substantial. The paper explores e-participative tools in Central and Eastern Europe, based on utilisation of information-communication technology, aiming to stimulate political and civil engagement of the citizenry. The innovative forms of political activity in the terms of e-participation could increase political competence of the citizenry, enabling them to make more informed political choices. This is the topic of our paper where we discuss practices and possibilities for introduction of innovative tools of e-participation on the example of EUVox platform.

Keywords: participation, democracy, information-communication technology, EUVox, Central and Eastern Europe

1.  Introduction

The political space in modern democracies went through a profound change in the last couple of decades. It has to cope with the challenge of decreasing political participation and the lack of confidence in political institutions and elected candidates (Putnam et al. 2002; Dalton 2004). This can be related to a variety of factors that include higher education levels, post-modern scepticism towards any authority (Inglehart 1997) and increasing...

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