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Nov 16, 2020

Call for panels - Internet and the Quality of Democracy


 

Call for panels on "Internet and the Quality of Democracy" for the next ECPR General Conference (Innsbruck, 31 August to 3 September 2021)

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Posted by: rdandoy

 

Call for panels - Internet and the Quality of Democracy

The Standing Group on Internet and Politics will submit a section proposal for the 2021 ECPR General Conference (scheduled to take place at the University of Innsbruck, from 31 August to 3 September 2021).

We would like to invite you to submit a panel proposal for inclusion in the Standing Group’s section proposal on the topic of Internet and the Quality of Democracy (see the detailed description below).

Please submit your panel proposal (chair, title and 3-4 lines describing the topic of your panel) by Sunday 22 November 2020 to Giulia Sandri (Giulia.SANDRI@univ-catholille.fr) and Régis Dandoy (Regis.Dandoy@ulb.be).


Section: Internet and the Quality of Democracy

Two main strands of empirical and theoretical literature in political science have made significant advances in the last five years. On the one hand, specific literature on the evolution of the quality of democratic regimes across the world, and particularly on democratic regression and autocratization patterns, has emerged. On the other hand, a burgeoning literature on digital politics and on the interaction between ICTs and political processes is rapidly evolving.

The aim of this section is to further empirical and theoretical research in these crucial topics by exploring their current mutual effects. The section aims at bridging the above-mentioned strands of research by focusing on the relation between digital/internet politics and the quality of democracy. We will assess the role of internet and new technologies in accompanying current debates around different types of democracies: representative democracy, direct democracy, and deliberative / participatory democracy. In particular, this section will focus on the following two research axes:

1. Empirical and theoretical explorations of the role of internet and new technologies in creating or managing tensions between democratization and autocratization processes. For instance, this axis will include research on how digital technologies are used to legitimize and reinforce autocratic regimes and democratic backsliding, or to help sustaining and organizing local enclaves of resistance against autocratic regimes.

2. Empirical and theoretical explorations of the role of internet and new technologies in transforming traditional forms of political participation or in promoting new forms of political participation. For instance, this axis will include research on how electoral processes have been affected by the emergence of new technologies (e-voting or internet voting), new communications tools (eg. social media) and new actors (eg. digitally native civil society or political organizations), or on how ICTs, digital platforms and social media help state institutions to re-connect with citizens beyond traditional intermediaries.


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