A Level Politics

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Does technology enable democracy

Posted by Matt Walker on July 29, 2009

image In the dim distant past I spent more time at university studying politics than economics – one of the benefits of flexible joint honours degree.

So while I spend my time teaching economics business studies and ICT, there is part of me that regrets there were no opportunities to teach politics when I joined the profession.

Professor John Kay is a highly regarded business commentator who writes in the Financial Times. His latest article, True democracy is not just about taking part , is thought provoking and explores the fault line between direct and representative democracy in an age when ever improving technology is enabling more individual voices to be heard.

Deliberative democracy via the Internet gives the illusion of participation but is accused of spreading shallow democracy, and, in part, explains why individual member political parties is in decline.

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