Pirate Parties : The Social Movements of Electronic Democracy

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Khutkyy , D 2019 , ' Pirate Parties : The Social Movements of Electronic Democracy ' , Journal of comparative politics , vol. 12 , no. 2 , pp. 49-68 .

Title: Pirate Parties : The Social Movements of Electronic Democracy
Author: Khutkyy, Dmytro
Contributor organization: Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
Date: 2019-07
Language: eng
Number of pages: 20
Belongs to series: Journal of comparative politics
ISSN: 1337-7477
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/311499
Abstract: Contemporary technologies facilitate democratic participation in a digital form. And Pirate Parties claim to represent such an empowered electronic democracy. Thereby this study examines whether Pirate Parties are actually social movements practicing and promoting electronic democracy. For this aim, the research applies the 'real utopias' framework exploring desirable, viable, and achievable alternative social designs. In terms of methods, the inquiry is based on the analysis of expert interviews and political manifestos. The study revealed that Pirate Parties are genuine democratic initiatives, widely implementing principles and mechanisms of electronic democracy. Overall, the studied Pirate Parties foster member participation at all stages of policy making. Even though Pirate Parties have achieved low electoral results for public offices, their models of internal democratic organization and political ideas are proliferated by other parties.
Subject: democracy
participatory democracy
political parties
social movements
517 Political science
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc_sa
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: publishedVersion

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