Deliberative democracy, the public sphere and the internet

  title={Deliberative democracy, the public sphere and the internet},
  author={Antje Gimmler},
  journal={Philosophy \& Social Criticism},
  pages={21 - 39}
  • Antje Gimmler
  • Published 1 July 2001
  • Political Science
  • Philosophy & Social Criticism
The internet could be an efficient political instrument if it were seen as part of a democracy where free and open discourse within a vital public sphere plays a decisive role. The model of deliberative democracy, as developed by Jürgen Habermas and Seyla Benhabib, serves this concept of democracy best. The paper explores first the model of deliberative democracy as a ‘two-track model’ in which representative democracy is backed by the public sphere and a developing civil society. Secondly, it… 

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