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The Information Revolution and Its Implications for Democracy

  • Laurence Whitehead
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Part of the St Antony's Series book series (STANTS)

Abstract

This chapter focuses on the implications of the extremely rapid and indeed explosive growth of the global ‘infosphere’ over the past couple of decades (and foreseeably into the medium-term future) and the transformative/disruptive effects it is already having—and will have to a much greater degree in the coming generation—on world politics in general, and democratic politics in particular. A main concern is the profound impact that the latest wave of information and communications technology (ICT) has already had—with most of the big effects still to unfold—on the scope for mass political expression in general (and for broadly democratic versions of that in particular) and indeed on the very nature and possibilities for democratic life in future generations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laurence Whitehead
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  1. 1.Nuffield CollegeOxfordUK

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