Journal article

Doing democracy and governance in the fast lane? Towards a "politics of time' in an accelerated polity

Paul Fawcett

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

This article examines the relationship between time, governance and political participation through a critical engagement with the ‘acceleration thesis’. Whilst the acceleration thesis argues that the ‘shrinking of the present’ is a condition of contemporary governance, others have viewed it as dysfunctional to the democratic process and effective policymaking. By drawing on a wide range of literature and through the use of illustrative examples, this article argues that slow and fast politics have strengths and weaknesses when it comes to the practice of governance and democratic participation. In turn, questions are raised about how public organisations and others might manage temporality ..

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University of Melbourne Researchers

Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

The author acknowledges funding from the Australian Research Council (DP120104155) and workshop funding from the Australian Political Studies Association.