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Democratic Governance and New Technology: Technologically by Ivan Horrocks

By Ivan Horrocks

Drawing on case experiences from Denmark, The Netherlands and the united kingdom, this booklet discusses new info and verbal exchange applied sciences (ICTs). individuals argue that ICTs play a big function within the technique of restructuring and redefining simple relatives in the political platforms of Western democracies.

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Our conception of discourse is primarily inspired by the works of Laclau and Mouffe (Laclau 1977, 1990, 1991; Laclau and Mouffe 1985; Mouffe 1992) TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL CHANGE 27 and Foucault (1977, 1978). Laclau and Mouffe define discourse as ‘a given collection of phenomena through which the social production of meaning takes place’ or as ‘[a] structured totality resulting from an articulatory practice’ (Laclau and Mouffe 1985:105). An articulatory practice is defined as ‘any practice establishing a relation among elements such that their identity is modified as a result of [that] practice’ (ibid).

11 In our view this criticism touches on a soft spot in the SCOT theory but is nonetheless somewhat misplaced. Thus, it is simply not true that the theory pays insufficient attention to the working of a given technology. On the contrary, it takes great pains to analyse all the different possible uses and interpretations of a technological artefact, for example, the bicycle (Bijker 1995a:19–100). In fact TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL CHANGE 19 Bijker himself claims that he is establishing technology, or rather the ‘sociotechnical ensemble’ as an object sui generis.

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