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Bowling Together. Online Public Engagement in Policy Deliberation, by Stephen Coleman and John Gøtze

Bowling Together. Online Public Engagement in Policy Deliberation, by Stephen Coleman and John Gøtze Information Polity 7 (2002) 247–252 IOS Press Book Reviews Stephen Coleman and John Gøtze. Bowling Together. Online Public Engagement in Policy Deliberation. Hansard Society, 2001, available at http://bowlingtogether.net/ There is a growing recognition in developed democracies that new relationships between citizens and institutions of governance must emerge, if a crisis of democratic legitimacy and accountability is to be averted. With this observation, Coleman and Gøtze open their report, which aims to stimulate the debate about how the Internet might be used to open the policy-making process to greater public involvement. The authors explore the deliberative model of e-democracy, “in which citizens are encouraged to scrutinise, discuss and weigh up competing values and policy options”. The study focuses on five issues that have been neglected in the debate about e-democracy so far. The five chapters of the study are devoted to each of these issues. Firstly, the authors perceive a need to think through the democratic rationale for online public engagement in policy deliberation, which assessment should include an evaluation of the role of the public in a democracy. The authors link their arguments to wider democratic theory. They conclude that engaging the public, essentially by creating opportunities for http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Information Polity IOS Press

Bowling Together. Online Public Engagement in Policy Deliberation, by Stephen Coleman and John Gøtze

Information Polity , Volume 7 (4) – Jan 1, 2002

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Information Polity 7 (2002) 247–252 IOS Press Book Reviews Stephen Coleman and John Gøtze. Bowling Together. Online Public Engagement in Policy Deliberation. Hansard Society, 2001, available at http://bowlingtogether.net/ There is a growing recognition in developed democracies that new relationships between citizens and institutions of governance must emerge, if a crisis of democratic legitimacy and accountability is to be averted. With this observation, Coleman and Gøtze open their report, which aims to stimulate the debate about how the Internet might be used to open the policy-making process to greater public involvement. The authors explore the deliberative model of e-democracy, “in which citizens are encouraged to scrutinise, discuss and weigh up competing values and policy options”. The study focuses on five issues that have been neglected in the debate about e-democracy so far. The five chapters of the study are devoted to each of these issues. Firstly, the authors perceive a need to think through the democratic rationale for online public engagement in policy deliberation, which assessment should include an evaluation of the role of the public in a democracy. The authors link their arguments to wider democratic theory. They conclude that engaging the public, essentially by creating opportunities for

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Published: Jan 1, 2002

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