Information and democracy: reflections on a complex relationship

Christodoulidis, E. (2016) Information and democracy: reflections on a complex relationship. International Journal of Technology Policy and Law, 2(2/3/4), pp. 95-103. (doi: 10.1504/IJTPL.2016.077170)

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The article explores the triangular relationship between democracy, information and the law. More specifically it looks at how we might understand the relationship between democracy and information and the way in which the law sustains and informs that relationship. With the help of discourse theory it explores first the congruence of the democracy and information as facilitated through law; then it moves on to re-conceive that relationship as more complex, at times even as antithetical, by contrast the win-win discursive account with situations where the protection of democracy appears to require the curbing of the free flow of information. In order to make sense of the complexity involved it finally takes a step back into the field of methodology and theory construction and to explore barriers in terms of the path-dependency of information.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Reprinted in: Information and Democracy: Reflections on a Complex Relationship in Bottis M., Alexandropoulou-Egyptiadou E. & Iglezakis I., Lifting Barriers to Empower the Future of Information Law and Ethics, University of Macedonia Press, Thessaloniki: 2015, pp. 1-12
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Christodoulidis, Professor Emilios
Authors: Christodoulidis, E.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Journal Name:International Journal of Technology Policy and Law
Journal Abbr.:IJTPL
Publisher:Inderscience Publishers
ISSN (Online):1742-4259

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