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Liberalizing the European MediaPolitics, Regulation, and the Public Sphere$
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Shalini Venturelli

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198233794

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198233794.001.0001

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The Normative Grounds of Information Policy

The Normative Grounds of Information Policy

(p.8) 1 The Normative Grounds of Information Policy
Liberalizing the European Media

Shalini Venturelli

Oxford University Press

This chapter highlights the historical need for evaluating public policies on information society with regards to their potential to make democracy's primordial concept to come into play: the public's right and freedom to participate in the public dialogue and to have access to the information society. This chapter discusses that a democratic civil society requires a political space for citizens and proposes a way of knowing how such civil society is accounted for in the age of information. The discussions in this chapter stress that a democratic society's structure would need to be accountable to the principle of publicity. It includes discussions of observations and propositions made by Weber, Habernas, and Marx and points out that the claims of liberalism are hardly realised and achieved. It suggests that the institutionalization of man's basic democratic rights such as universal voting, formal democracy, freedom of the press, opinion, assembly, and majority rules is increasingly biased.

Keywords:   information society, democratic society, publicity, liberalism, democratic rights

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