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Title: The value of using local political online forums to reverse political disengagement.
Author: Dunne, Kerill
Awarding Body: University of Surrey
Current Institution: University of Surrey
Date of Award: 2008
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There has been a growing concern regarding political disengagement among citizens within liberal thin democracies. This concern has brought about calls for local political online forums to be used to support participatory and deliberative democracy online to reverse this trend. However, little empirical investigation has been conducted into what such forums can support in tenus ofparticipatory and deliberative democracy.After an extensive review ofthe E-Democracy literature three research questions were developed to examine the value ofusing online forums to reverse political disengagement. A two pronged methodological approach consisting ofqualitative and two-phase quantitative methods was used to examine these research questions, and to test specific recommendations on how to build online forums.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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