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 9: Deliberative democracy and digital urban design in a Canadian city: the case of the McGill Online Design Studio

Hoi L Kong, Nik Luka, Jaimie Cudmore and Andrea Dumas


This chapter focuses on a specific research project on digital democracy. The McGill Online Design Studio (MODS) deployed a mix of live and online consultation processes, targeted a sustainable land use development project in Montreal, and aimed to increase opportunities for meaningful citizen deliberation about urban design. The experience from MODS (1) reveals that non-state actors can generate institutions that serve rule of law functions but are autonomous from the state and are not in a hierarchical relationship with it and (2) demonstrates that particular attention must be paid to how online forums are designed, in order to ensure that they encourage effective deliberation.

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