- Politics online: the effect of political internet use on citizens’ political involvement
- Conference papers: International Communication Association: annual meeting
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR)
Since the rise of the Internet, it is often claimed that it has the potential to contribute to the quality of democracy by fostering citizens’ involvement in politics. So far, empirical evidence regarding this acclaimed effect has been mixed, and many questions about the consequences of Political Internet Use (PIU) have remained unanswered. This study expands the knowledge about the relation between PIU and involvement by examining the effect of specific forms of PIU on citizens’ political involvement (i.e., interest and voter turnout) during election times. Results from a panel study among a representative sample of the Dutch population (N = 985) reveal a positive relation between particular forms of PIU on the one hand and voter turnout and political interest on the other hand. In addition, for specific forms of PIU, the positive effect on voter turnout is more prevalent for citizens that have lower levels of political interest.
- Proceedings title: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Sheraton Phoenix
Downtown, Phoenix, AZ, May 24, 2012
Publisher: International Communication Association
Place of publication: Washington, DC
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