Gadras and Greffet (2014) - Towards a comprehensive approach of online political participation
Gadras, Simon, and Fabienne Greffet. 2013. “Towards a Comprehensive Approach of Online Political Participation.” International Journal of Electronic Governance 6 (4): 258–69. http://www.inderscience.com/info/inarticletoc.php?jcode=ijeg&year=2013&vol=6&issue=4#.
editorial of a special issue of the International Journal of Electronic Governance, summarizing a conceptual framework for discussing online political participation
what means "online political participation" varies widely, in particular in relation to
- what authors define as "participation", e.g. does it also include reading of news items?
- what "technology" authors consider when research online
- what authors consider political
authors definition of online political participation: "We therefore define online political participation in a broad sense as: any type of online activity, either individual or collective, which expands the involvement of people in politics and/or questions politics, whether this is linked or not with a direct effect on public affairs." p262
- this means it focuses on acts that the participants themselves perceive as being political
- this does not limit online political participation to involvement in political decisions