One person, one click: is this how to save democracy? – The Guardian

One person, one click: is this how to save democracy? | Paolo Gerbaudo | World news

It was the biggest decision in the party’s young life, a turning point that will define its reputation for years to come.

But when Italy’s Five Star Movement (M5S) had to resolve whether or not to join the far-right Lega, or League, in a coalition government last May, it didn’t retreat into a conclave of party leaders. It asked members to vote online. An overwhelming 94% supported the move.

The process was perhaps the most striking example of an emerging trend at the heart of…

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