Political participation and the internet: A field essay

Eva Anduiza, Marta Cantijoch, Aina Gallego

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The aim of this paper is to review the main questions dealt with by the literature on the effect of Internet on political participation. The paper distinguishes three relevant aspects: the estimation of the impact of Internet on the levels and types of political participation; the analysis of the causal mechanisms that lie behind the relationship between Internet use and participation; and the effect of the Internet on participatory inequalities. We conclude by identifying the aspects on which there is a relative consensus among scholars, the debates surrounding controversial conclusions obtained from different empirical analyses, and those questions where further research seems particularly necessary. © 2009 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)860-878
JournalInformation Communication and Society
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2009


  • Information and communication technologies
  • Internet
  • Political participation


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