UK politics and the internet: the first decade

Ward, SJ and Vedel, T 2006, 'UK politics and the internet: the first decade' , Parliamentary Affairs, 59 (2) , pp. 226-235.

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WHEN the tenth anniversary of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) was celebrated in 2004, visionaries and sceptics alike turned to reflect on what has been and what will be the reality and impact of the Internet in everyday life.1 Since the early beginnings of the global network, one major focus of these reflections has been the potential to transform political processes and provide new solutions to old obstacles through advances popularly referred to as electronic democracy. This article aims at presenting a comprehensive analysis of the several origins, interpretations and open questions in this field. Electronic democracy, despite the young age of its e-coded name, has a standing history of several decades, of which the current discussion focusing on online media is only the most recent extension.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Parliamentary Affairs special issue on e-democracy
Themes: Subjects / Themes > J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA075 Electronic computers. Computer science
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Democracy and Human Rights
Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Parliamentary Affairs
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 00312290
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2009 14:14
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 22:05

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