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Local political participation in the Netherlands: an analysis of the influence of online media use for political purpose on political participation.

Landstra, Carmen (2019) Local political participation in the Netherlands: an analysis of the influence of online media use for political purpose on political participation.

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Abstract:Political participation is declining and that poses real threats to the democratic values in western societies because a democracy needs its citizens to participate. Nowadays, much research is conducted on the relationship between online media and political participation in the academic areas of political sciences, policy studies and communication sciences. This study builds upon insights from other scholars while making use of a recent, large data set of around 2500 respondents, representative for Dutch citizens from 2018 during the municipal elections. The aim of this thesis is to answer the question whether there is a positive association between Online Media Use for Political Purpose and Offline Political Participation in the Netherlands. In this thesis different forms of online media use and participation are considered, identifying both active and passive forms, and the crucial influence of Political Interest is considered. It is concluded that there is indeed a significant positive association between Online Media Use for Political Purpose and Offline Political Participation. Also, the study finds that Political Interest considerably strengthens this association. Next to that, the study provides evidence to claim that the type of Offline Political Participation is significantly more important in determining the strength of the association than the type of Online Media Use for Political Purpose.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/78950
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