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Disruptive Democracy

Disruptive Democracy
The Clash Between Techno-Populism and Techno-Democracy

First Edition

March 2019 | 96 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Do new “smart” technologies such as AI, robotics, social media, and automation threaten to disrupt our society? Or does technological innovation hold the potential to transform our democracies and civic societies, creating ones that are more egalitarian and accountable?

Disruptive Democracy explores these questions and examines how technology has the power to reshape our civic participation, our economic and political governance, and our entire existence. In this innovative study, the authors use international examples such as Trump’s America, and Bolsonaro’s recent election as President of Brazil, to lead the discussion on perhaps the most profound political struggle of the 21st century, the coming clash between a progressive “Techno-democracy” and a regressive “Techno-populism”.

Preface: Democracy Disrupted
Chapter 1:The Clash of Techno-Politics
Chapter 2: Outdated Democracy - The Fall of Capitalist Technopoly
Chapter 3: The Rise of Techno-Populism
Chapter 4: The Growth of Techno-Democracy
Chapter 5: The Real Possibilities of Disruptive Democracy

At a time when technology is charged with undermining democracy and subverting electoral process, Bloom and Sancino offer a timely reminder in this exciting book that technologies are produced by humans. This leads them to explore who controls technology and to what ends, and to raise important questions concerning how we might establish democratic control over the production of technology to potentially create a better world. 

Simon Teasdale, Professor of Public Policy and Organisations, Glasgow Caledonian University

This incredibly timely and provocative book is a must read for all who are concerned about the profound impacts of 21st century technology on politics and society.


Tina Nabatchi, Joseph A. Strasser Endowed Professor in Public Administration, Syracuse University

Peter Bloom

Dr. Peter Bloom is a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of People and Organisations at the Open University, Co-Founder of the research group REEF (Research into Employment, Empowerment, and Futures), and Chair of REF preparation for Business and Management. His books include Authoritarian Capitalism in the Age of Globalization (Edward Elgar Press), Beyond Power and Resistance: Politics at the Radical Limits (Rowman and Littlefield International, November 2016), The Ethics of Neoliberalism: The Business of Making Capitalism Moral (Routledge, 2017), The Bad Faith in the Free Market: The Radical Promise of... More About Author

Alessandro Sancino

Dr. Alessandro Sancino (PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in Management at the Department of Public Leadership & Social Enterprise, where he brings extensive academic experience from posts held in Italy, Switzerland, Peru’ and the UK. Alessandro is a truly international scholar and he has published in top journals in the fields of public administration and regional studies with co-authors from about 20 different Countries. He is a member of the Executive Board of PUPOL (Public and Political Leadership Network) and of the Regional Studies Association Publications Committee. His research has been funded by several institutions, such as The... More About Author

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