Part II

Professor Rubens BEÇAK, Faculty of Law, University of Sao Paolo, Professor João Victor ROZATTI LONGHI, Pontifical Catholical University of Rio de Janeiro, Trends for Participatory Democracy: The Influence of the Internet in the Profile of Political Representation and on the Participatory Budgeting
The nowadays communications’ reality brought deep changes to many cultural fields. A significant part of interpersonal relations could not stay immune from the innovations caused by the popularization of technologies as the Internet.

Due to this, many legal scholars started to question about the role of political institutions and legal institutes as the parliamentary representation, the parliamentary mandate and the function of political parties. There are even those who question if the Parliament is necessary to the survival of the democratic system.

Analyzing certain characteristics of the political representation in democratic systems from an evolutionary perspective, first of all, this paper aims to study theoretical justifications of the mechanisms of formation of the will of the state in the modern representative democracies.

In the same context, this scientific research describes the current lack of representativity of the traditional methods by analysing some specific instruments of participatory democracy. Also, it seeks to analyze the dependence of the representative system on political parties and the distortions caused by this, especially in the current Brazilian reality.

Key-words: participatory democracy, Internet, parliamentary representation, Brazilian Internet framework, e-participatory budgeting

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