Power, democracy and ICT
The project explores the effects of information and communication technology (ICT) on power and democracy. We approach this question by analysing the use of ICTs in Norwegian political institutions, including political parties, mass media and public administration. A central research question is how (and whether) the introduction of new technology transforms these institutions, with regard to participation, structures and leadership.
More specifically, the project studies four potential processes of transformation. Firstly, to what extent new technologies change the citizens’ political participation. Secondly, transformation of political communication within and between political parties and the news media, and thereby transformation of the national public sphere. Thirdly, transformation of political participation and communication within party organizations. Fourthly, the development of ‘digital partnerships’ in local and regional public administration, and its consequences for democratic governance.