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An Informational Approach to Politics

  • Massimo Durante
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Part of the The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology book series (ELTE, volume 18)

Abstract

The information revolution engendered by the evolution of ICTs has a strong impact on our conception of politics, since it affects two fundamental notions on which politics has been constructed throughout modernity: regulation (notably, the relation between the rulers and the ruled) and space (notably, the idea of a territory controlled by a sovereign power). Politics is no longer merely understood, in descriptive terms, as a form of control over a territory and, in normative terms, as the art of making collective decisions. In the information age, politics is beginning to be understood as the efficient and effective management and control of the information life cycle, which almost always exceeds the spatial constraints of nation state territories. The main concern of politics is thus no longer that of the dichotomy or dialectics between the rulers and the ruled, as is typical with traditional notions of government. It is rather that of the dichotomy or dialectics between what is governable and what is ungovernable, characteristic of current notions of governance, understood as a measure of the degree of complexity of our information societies.

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  • Massimo Durante
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  1. 1.Department of LawUniversity of TurinTurinItaly

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