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category: peer-reviewed article

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Political Participation and the Internet: Assessing Effects, Causal Mechanisms and Consequences

author(s) | Eva Anduiza, Marta Cantijoch, Aina Gallego

publication year | 2009

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keywords | Political participation, internet

abstract | The aim of this paper is to review the main questions dealt with by the literature on the effect of Internet on political participation. The paper distinguishes three relevant aspects: the estimation of the impact of Internet on the levels and types of political participation; the analysis of the causal mechanisms that lie behind the relationship between Internet use and participation; and the effect of the Internet on participatory inequalities. We conclude by identifying the aspects on which there is a relative consensus among scholars, the debates surrounding controversial conclusions obtained from different empirical analyses, and those questions where further research seems particularly necessary.

country project | Spain

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