Digital Democracy in a Globalized World
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Digital Democracy in a Globalized World

Edited by Corien Prins, Colette Cuijpers, Peter L. Lindseth and Mônica Rosina

Whether within or beyond the confines of the state, digitalization continues to transform politics, society and democracy. Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have already considerably affected political systems and structures, and no doubt they will continue to do so in the future. Adopting an international and comparative perspective, Digital Democracy in a Globalized World examines the impact of digitialization on democratic political life. It offers theoretical analyses as well as case studies to help readers appreciate the changing nature of democracy in the digital age.
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Chapter 3: In search of the holy grail: a principled approach to multistakeholder governance in internet policy-making

Nicolo Zingales and Roxana Radu

Abstract

In this chapter, we briefly define the notion of ‘multistakeholder governance’ and describe its evolution and criticism through the prism of global Internet policy-making. First, we provide a definition and background, illustrating the different forms this concept has taken in three fora for participation in global Internet policy-making (United Nations, International Telecommunication Union and World Trade Organization). Second, we highlight the tension between the currently multiform notion of multistakeholder governance and core democratic values, and provide practical suggestions as to how these values can be brought to bear within existing multistakeholder practices.

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