Digital Democracy: How Politics Online is Changing Electoral Participation

Karen Mossberger, Caroline J. Tolbert

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Abstract

This article investigates the evidence and debates over the influences of the internet on how, and how much, citizens participate. It concentrates on the knowledge and involvement of individual citizens. In particular, it describes how online participation affects 'offline' participation, the nature of participation, and political representation more generally. A key consideration is how internet use for information or participation differs from alternatives 'offline', and whether citizens' use of the internet actually causes, or merely reflects, changes in civic engagement and participation. It argues that the internet has the potential to transform participation in several important ways. The extant evidence reveals more about links between internet use and voting than how online politics affects the decision to vote. The literature about the differences in networks and participation online strongly suggests the need for more social network analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780191584848, 9780199235476
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2 2010
Externally publishedYes

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democracy
participation
politics
Internet
citizen
network analysis
evidence
voting
voter
social network
cause

Keywords

  • Citizens
  • Digital democracy
  • Electoral participation
  • Internet
  • Offline participation
  • Online participation
  • Online politics
  • Voting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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Mossberger, K., & Tolbert, C. J. (2010). Digital Democracy: How Politics Online is Changing Electoral Participation. In The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199235476.003.0012

Digital Democracy : How Politics Online is Changing Electoral Participation. / Mossberger, Karen; Tolbert, Caroline J.

The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior. Oxford University Press, 2010.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Mossberger, K & Tolbert, CJ 2010, Digital Democracy: How Politics Online is Changing Electoral Participation. in The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199235476.003.0012
Mossberger K, Tolbert CJ. Digital Democracy: How Politics Online is Changing Electoral Participation. In The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior. Oxford University Press. 2010 https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199235476.003.0012
Mossberger, Karen ; Tolbert, Caroline J. / Digital Democracy : How Politics Online is Changing Electoral Participation. The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior. Oxford University Press, 2010.
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