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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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Paradigms of Public Space

Paradigms of Public Space

(p.35) 2 Paradigms of Public Space
Liberalizing the European Media

Shalini Venturelli

Oxford University Press

Taking a turn from the issues and concerns raised in the previous chapter, this chapter presents an attempt to argue that the aforementioned problems in the information policy concerning the public sphere of the information society are merely theoretical problems. This chapter provides an intellectual critique and an exhaustive exposition of public space and its functions in a democratic society. It points out that the challenges that come in the way of achieving and realising the goal of public participation in the public space are closely associated with the wrong concepts of citizenship, public welfare, justice, and the definition of a democratic civil society. It argues that the democratic processes and conventions such as the right to vote, contractual liberties, and the rule of law can exist even in a non-democratic society. It tries to delineate the idea of democracy from the concept of full access to information and states that being a member of a political community does not necessarily guarantee information rights and participation.

Keywords:   public space, information society, democratic society, information rights, participation, political community

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