Mapping the Emerging Democratic Participation Space in the Age of Digitalization

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Politics in the digital era faces both opportunities and challenges in the changing environment. Increasingly, digital information and communication technologies (ICTs) challenges the traditional assumptions held about democratic processes such as civic participation and engagement, accountability, transparency, mobilization, power acquisition and maintenance, among others. As a result, ICTs have created an unprecedented expansion of democratic innovative spaces for participation in electoral democracy and democratic governance. These developments call for requisite and rigorous academic scrutiny to shape understanding of new emerging digital democratic participation spaces and political dynamics. This is because different innovative democratic spaces and connections are made and opinion exchanged - and possible to share views, as well as coordinating political discourse and action using digital innovations. Given the fact that widespread use and access to digital ICTs innovated spaces for participation and engagement at local and national levels, this panel provides research findings and theoretical analysis addressing (though not exclusively) the use of digital spaces and democratic innovations. Given the fact that widespread use and access to ICTs created spaces for participation – digitalization has impact on governments, institutions and citizens etc. – and now we have been witnessing increasingly new trends in institutionalizing technology as a new form of participation, inclusion, responsiveness, accountability, interaction and information sharing in real-time. Valuable discussion and insights on this digital environment will make contributions in mapping emerging digital democratic spaces, and explore overwhelming outcomes of digital spaces. So how emerging democratic innovations enhance and/or hinder participation? To what extent digital democratic spaces is fostering participation in democracy and democratic governance?