Exploring the theme of the putative transformation of political modernity under the impact of "new" media, this book adopts a questioning approach to the ways in which cultural and technological factors are affecting the temper of political life, and reflects the variety of normative thinking about and empirical research on the changing character of politics in mediatized cultures. New Media and Politics examines: the extent to which commercial populism now dominates electoral and other political discourses; the ways in which the functions of leadership, government and political parties are modified by different forms of both old and new media; the democratic or undemocratic import of such changes; and the ways in which the dominant territorial paradigm of politics is challenged by the space and time devouring capacities of electronic media.

The Transformation of Democracy?

The Transformation of Democracy?

The transformation of democracy?

Observers note the paradox that in the world today innumerable people who have not attained democracy are willing to risk their lives to achieve it, while so many in the West who have it seemingly switch off when the topic is brought up. In many corners of late modern society a profound debate is under way on the current state of democracy and the potential for renewal. Scholars, journalists, politicians and citizens are asking themselves if and how the democratic character of societies can be maintained and enhanced. The current moment attests that we are rather far from the original ideals of liberal democracy and are experiencing what many term a democratic deficit.

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