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The Arab Spring and Egyptian Revolution Makers: Predictors of Participation

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By Mansoor Moaddel This paper juxtaposes two clusters of theories; political conflict, resource mobilization, organizational, and political opportunity theories, on the one hand, and mass society, structural-functional, and relative deprivation theories,…...
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Who is willing to participate, and how? Also, the blog seems nice :)

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This paper [PDF] draws on a new survey of British citizens to test the hypothesis that there are two quite distinctive types of attitude prevalent among those who are ‘disaffected’ with politics, the ‘dissatisfied democratic’ and ‘stealth democratic’ orientations, the former being more widespread in the UK.

 

While neither manifests a high level of trust for the political elite, the dissatisfied democratic citizen is politically interested, efficacious and desires greater political participation, while the contrary is generally true of the stealth democrat. However, although stealth democrats are unwilling to engage in most forms of participation or deliberation, they are ambiguous about direct democracy, which can be attributed to the populist nature of stealth democratic attitudes...

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The use of social media in the Finnish Parliament Elections 2011

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Research Collection #eGov #eDem #ePart - Google Docs

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This is a collection of Research related to eParticipation that I came across on my Twitter List.

All studies & reports are readily available online and constantly updated.

 

Suggestions to "complete" the list are very welcome!

 

 

Research Collection: http://bit.ly/O6NUxE

 

Twitter List: http://bit.ly/QgFGbD

 

 

 

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The Cost of Convenience: An Experiment Showing E-Mail Outreach Decreases Voter Registration

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Lower transaction costs have shifted voter registration activities online and away from traditional modes of outreach.


Downloading forms may impose higher transaction costs than traditional outreach for some people and thereby decrease electoral participation.

 

Reminders can ameliorate many of the negative effects of directing people to downloadable online registration forms.

 

Further Research by David W. Nickerson:

 

The Ineffectiveness of E-Vites to Democracy -

Field Experiments Testing the Role of E-Mail on Voter Turnout

 

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Political campaigns are just now learning how to put the Internet to best use. This article conducts seven field experiments containing 161,633 participants testing whether an e-mail campaign can be effective for voter registration and mobilization. No increase in registration or turnout was detected, and the conclusion drawn is that e-mail is not currently a cost-effective means of boosting rates of registration or increasing voter turnout.

 

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The "Advocacy Gap" - How to lobby effectively & efficiently. New Study

Addressing the different conceptions about effective lobbying between campaigners and politicians.

 

Just as true in the US as it is in the EU.

 

Example finding:

 

Effective advocacy is rooted in how policy is
made.

Policymaking happens according to a set of rules and within a specific process. MPs can only act on policy in certain ways at certain points in the process. Effective advocacy makes the right asks of the right Members at the right points in the process. Doing so demands a deep understanding of how the Parliament works, and missteps can be costly.

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CeDEM12: Conference Proceedings Online

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The CeDEM12 conference proceedings present the essence of academic and practical knowledge on e-democracy and open government in a nutshell. All selected academic papers, keynotes, short presentati...

 

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Social Media's Influence on Politics (Report on Findings)

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Short Summary:

 

Campaign and policy-related material on social networking sites plays a modest role in influencing most users’ views and political activities. Democrats and liberals are the most likely to say the sites have impact.

 

 And comment by techpresident on the report with additional numbers: http://bit.ly/Nc3r2q

 

 

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Liberation Technology: Three Studies Examine the Impact of Social Media on Popular Uprisings

Liberation Technology: Three Studies Examine the Impact of Social Media on Popular Uprisings | eParticipate! | Scoop.it
It's hard to deny that social media affected Occupy Wall Street, the Arab Spring uprisings, the student protest movement in Chile, Yo Soy 132 in Mexico and the social justice movement in Israel, but there's plenty of controversy over how and why...
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