Models of Democracy and the Design of Slovenian Political Party Web Sites

  • Simon Delakorda
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 223)

Abstract

Web sites of Slovenian political parties do not fully exploit the Internet’s potential for interactive and deliberative communication on political issues with citizens, because they favour a competitive-elitist perception of democracy. As result, political party’s web sites are mainly used for political mobilization, agitation in persuasion. Supporting this model of democracy via web pages enables political parties to strengthen their position of power and control in decision-making process, to legitimise a hegemonic position of representative democracy within political system, to impose the perception of citizens as consumers of political information and to provide democratic legitimization for capitalist mode of production. In order to strengthen citizen’s e-participation on political issues, a conceptual shift in designing political party’s web sites according to participatory and deliberative model of democracy is needed.

Keywords

Political parties Web sites Electronic democracy Citizens Slovenia 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simon Delakorda
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  1. 1.Faculty of Social SciencesUniversity of LjubljanaSlovenia

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