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Internet use, in- and exclusion in decision-making processes within political parties

Internet use, in- and exclusion in decision-making processes within political parties
Internet use, in- and exclusion in decision-making processes within political parties
This paper investigates the effect of internet-use on democratic decision-making processes within political parties. Through two case studies of the Green Party and the Pirate Party Germany, the influence of internet-use on these processes and their inclusiveness are shown. We argue that how the internet is used in democratic processes impacts on participation and inclusion.

How internet technology interacts with decision making processes within parties depends on the existing party structure and culture. Thus, in order to achieve meaningful and inclusive participation, the institutional framework and the influence it has must be considered in process and tool design. Whereas the affordances of specific online tools have been evaluated, the institutional context in which they are embedded have so far been widely ignored. We offer a structure for analysis of these foundations
205-214
ACM
Thuermer, Gefion
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Thuermer, Gefion, Roth, Silke, Luczak-Roesch, Markus and O'Hara, Kieron (2016) Internet use, in- and exclusion in decision-making processes within political parties. In Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Web Science (WebSci '16). ACM. pp. 205-214 . (doi:10.1145/2908131.2908149).

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This paper investigates the effect of internet-use on democratic decision-making processes within political parties. Through two case studies of the Green Party and the Pirate Party Germany, the influence of internet-use on these processes and their inclusiveness are shown. We argue that how the internet is used in democratic processes impacts on participation and inclusion.

How internet technology interacts with decision making processes within parties depends on the existing party structure and culture. Thus, in order to achieve meaningful and inclusive participation, the institutional framework and the influence it has must be considered in process and tool design. Whereas the affordances of specific online tools have been evaluated, the institutional context in which they are embedded have so far been widely ignored. We offer a structure for analysis of these foundations

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Accepted/In Press date: 1 April 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 22 May 2016
Published date: 22 May 2016
Venue - Dates: WebSci '16 Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Web Science, Germany, 2016-05-22 - 2016-05-25
Organisations: Web & Internet Science, Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology

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Local EPrints ID: 392649
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/392649
PURE UUID: 4312d5c8-139a-4652-80b2-3eeb444966c3
ORCID for Gefion Thuermer: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-7345-0000
ORCID for Silke Roth: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8760-0505
ORCID for Kieron O'Hara: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9051-4456

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Date deposited: 26 May 2016 10:26
Last modified: 30 Jan 2020 01:50

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Author: Gefion Thuermer ORCID iD
Author: Silke Roth ORCID iD
Author: Markus Luczak-Roesch
Author: Kieron O'Hara ORCID iD

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