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Title: Internet and its impact on political communications in Singapore.
Authors: Tan, Wei Yi.
Keywords: DRNTU::Social sciences::Mass media
DRNTU::Social sciences::Communication
Issue Date: 2003
Abstract: Modem political systems like the Singapore political system use the notion of a representative democracy due to time and logistical constraints of co-ordinating and mobilising large numbers of people for political debate and decision-making. In the argument by J.S. Mill, the concept of the Greek polis is not sustainable in modern societies and could not be implemented in polities larger than a small town. The problems posed by co-ordination and regulation of large populations are too complex to be managed by a system that embodies direct or participatory democracy that requires continuous involvement by citizens in public decision-making. In this sense, the citizen is thus further removed and estranged from the "day-to-day" deliberations involving his environment and society and affecting his life. Should citizens know that opportunities exist for effective participation in decision-making, they would believe that participation is worthwhile and participate actively. There should be opportunities for political interaction and debate of ideas to achieve consensus before arriving at decisions.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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