57221 Open Government and the New Public Sphere8cp; availability: not offered to exchange and study abroad students
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In this subject students critically examine the public sphere in contemporary democracies and emerging democratic societies. They explore recent policy shifts towards 'open government' and the impact of digital technologies in ostensibly providing more open access to information and facilitating the affordance of voice and participation by citizens in community action groups and new social movements. Students discuss the application to government communication of recent research in relation to trust, openness, participation, voice and listening. They gain understanding of methods that may ensure inclusive, effective and ethical government communication and their potential to create a more equitable society.
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