Published on April 23, 2015

Different with Digital: Opportunities and Challenges for Local Democracy « Local Democracy for Everyone

By Sonia Bussu

Dr Sonia Bussu is a researcher at Involve. She is passionate about increasing citizen voice in public policy (so much so that she did a PhD on the topic) and over the past few years she has been involved in several research projects on citizen participation in policy-making.

On Tuesday 28th March 2015, the Local Politics standing group (part of the British Political Studies Association) hosted an innovative panel at the PSA general conference in Sheffield, “Different with Digital”. We discussed how digital innovations, from social media to e-petitions, are affecting local democracy and councillors’ interactions with the local communities. Marshall McLuhan’s words came to mind, “We shape our tools, and then they shape us.” Here are my reflections on these important debates.

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