The Unfulfilled Promise of Online Deliberation

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Since online deliberation has not delivered on the expectations of more considered, democratic participation, the authors propose less focus on technological ‘fixes’ and more on re-conceptualizing its primary purpose to gathering resonance in an authentic public square. The ideas that emerge can then be deliberated in representative face-to-face public deliberations, with the coherent voice that results contributing to more inclusive, legitimate, and implementable democratic decision-making.

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public square, deliberative democracy, online deliberation

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Hartz-Karp J. & Sullivan B., (2014) “The Unfulfilled Promise of Online Deliberation”, Journal of Public Deliberation 10(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.16997/jdd.191

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Janette Hartz-Karp (Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute)
Brian Sullivan (Practical Evolution, LLC)

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