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Explaining local citizen participation: Interest, internet use, resources and urbanization as explaining variables

Aubri, B.J. (2019) Explaining local citizen participation: Interest, internet use, resources and urbanization as explaining variables.

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Abstract:In this paper, the topic ‘’citizen participation’’ is studied. In this paper two types of citizen participation are distinguished namely local political participation and local civic participation. Local political participation relates to local voting behavior for instance, while local civic participation relates to a citizen initiative for instance. In this paper, several factors are tested on whether they have a relationship with citizen participation or not. Therefore, the research question that is posed in this paper is: ‘’which factors influence local political participation and local civic participation and what are the differences between the two types of participation?’’ There are four influencing factors that are tested in this case. The first influencing factor relates to the interest that people have in for instance local politics, local news and local discussions. The second influencing factor is about the education and income people have, in other words the resources. The third influencing factor is about to what extent people use the internet in order to communicate with others about local issues. The final influencing factor relates to the environment people live in, this can be rural or urban. In other words, it describes the relation between the level of urbanization and local citizen participation. In this paper it is expected that these four influencing factors both have an effect on local political participation and on local civic participation. This paper uses a large data set from 2018 that is about local engagements in the Netherlands. The research design in this study is a cross-sectional research design. This paper seeks to explain more about local engagements in The Netherlands and is therefore especially relevant for (Dutch) policy-makers.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/78878
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