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Title
Going online : does ICT enabled-participation engage the young in local governance?
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Abstract
Local governments increasingly use online strategies to strengthen political participation of citizens in policy and politics. Young people, however, are generally under-represented. This article studies age patterns of participation across offline and online forms of action to test whether online initiatives are able to overcome this age bias. We first report a case study of online and offline problem reporting to local authorities. We find that simply going from offline to online participation reinforces rather than mitigates age bias. We then report a case study of message posting on an online political forum. In this case, age bias disappears. In contrast to the traditional instrumental modes, a forum is an expressive form of online participation. The young seem to value the act of participating over the outcomes of participation. For practice, these findings suggest a need for participation policies that speak to these expressive needs of young. In recent years, social media have reinforced the potential for expressive participation.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Local government studies. - London
Publication
London : 2016
ISSN
0300-3930
Volume/pages
(2016), p. 1-21
ISI
000381315200010
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Creation 14.06.2016
Last edited 06.05.2017
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