Democracy's Double-Edged Sword

Democracy's Double-Edged Sword

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The beauty of democracy is not only that citizens can vote a candidate into office but that they can also vote one out. As digital media grows omnipresent, it becomes more important for political scientists and communication scholars to understand its influence on all aspects of the political process, from campaigning to governance. Catie Snow Bailard argues that the Interneta€”by altering the quantity and range of information available to citizensa€”directly influences the ability of individuals to evaluate government performance. It also affects public satisfaction with the quality of available democratic practices and helps motivate political activity and organization. Bailard originates two theories for democratization specialists to considera€”mirror-holding and window-openinga€”which she tests using data collected from dozens of countries and two randomized field experiments. Mirror-holding explores how accessing the Internet allows citizens to see a more detailed and nuanced view of their own governmenta€™s performance. Window-opening, however, enables those same citizens to glimpse how other governments perform, particularly in comparison to their own. Although the book offers a robust empirical foundation for testing the Interneta€™s effects on democratic attitudes, Bailard ultimately concludes that access to information does not necessarily ensure that democracy will automatically flourish. -- Michael A. Xenos, University of Wisconsina€“MadisonNPR. remarksonwomensovariesexposesaudicleric ... White Paper. com/en/US/solutions/collateral/ns341/ns525/ns537/ns705/ns827/ white_paper_c11a€“481360.pdf.

Title:Democracy's Double-Edged Sword
Author: Catie Snow Bailard
Publisher:JHU Press - 2014-09-12

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