Sustainable Citizenship and the Prospect of Participation and Governance in the Digital Era

  • Valesca Lima
Part of the Governance, Development, and Social Inclusion in Latin America book series (GDSILA)


In this chapter, I reflect on the opportunities and challenges for the understanding of the relationship between political crisis and democratic innovations. I turn first to the challenge of exploring the alternative responses to constrained spaces of participation and for strengthening democratic innovations. I examine the incentives and mechanisms at play within governance structures, especially those that can be further explored by citizens, such as access to accurate information in the era of social media and fake news. Finally, I discuss some alternatives for citizen engagement by looking at the new conditions for participation. These alternatives involve the reframing of the political debate with popular mobilization and techno-democratic qualification. These elements combined might help citizens to engage in the defense of spaces of popular participation and collaborate to maintain the structures of participatory citizenship.


Social media Resistance Social movements Citizen participation Technodemocracy 


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  • Valesca Lima
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  1. 1.Maynooth UniversityDublinIreland

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