Introducing psychological factors into E-participation research.

Edelmann, Noella and Cruickshank, Peter (2012) Introducing psychological factors into E-participation research. In: E-Governance and Civic Engagement: Factors and Determinants of E-Democracy. IGI Global Publishing, Hershey, PA., pp. 338-361. ISBN 978-1-61350-083-5

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This chapter looks at e-petitioning as a successful application of e-participation from a psychological perspective. It notes that e-participation should not be viewed uncritically, as digital technologies cannot remedy all (political) problems: indeed, they can strengthen old ones and create new ones. Following a brief reviews of socio-economic and application-acceptance models of e-participation, a small selection of psychological approaches factors are presented that could be applied to this context. It is argued that it is useful and important to understand the psychological factors that influence the decisions made by individuals about whether to participate in the political system by initiating, or simply signing, a petition, or choose to remain mere passive observers, no matter how well informed. These insights can both help practitioners designing an e-participation system, and designing new research projects.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 978-1-61350-083-5
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Uncontrolled Keywords: E-participation; E-petitioning; psychological factors; political involvement;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 350 Public administration & military science
Library of Congress Subjects: J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Item ID: 4996
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2012 13:16
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013 13:36

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