The Internet and Parliamentary Democracy

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The Internet and Parliamentary Democracy

Type: Bachelor thesis
Title: The Internet and Parliamentary Democracy
Author: Fleuri, Lucas
Issue Date: 2017
Keywords: Political participation, parliamentary democracy, information and communication technologies, parliamentary monitoring websites.
Abstract: Abstract: There has been an ongoing academic debate on whether the use of the internet is either positive or negative for citizen engagement and/or political participation. The role the internet has on political participation can be divided into three domains: its use as a communication source, its use as a communication medium, and its use as a virtual public sphere. Scholars that argue against the positive role of the internet on political participation find in their research of these domains that the internet doesn’t drastically increase citizen engagement. Therefore, they see the internet as an inefficient method of increasing political participation. However, this thesis is departure from previous studies as it does not measure success as the increase of new citizen engagement, but instead sees the increase of participation by those citizens that are already politically engaged as a success. This study examines how the internet can be used for politically engaged citizens to keep informed of parliamentary democracy through Parliamentary Monitoring Websites (PMWs). Parliamentary Monitoring Websites play a pivotal role in strengthening parliamentary democracy and these PMWs have been made possible by the evolution of information and communications technologies (ICTs). This thesis explores how the different innovations of ICTS have contributed to strengthening parliamentary democracy by studying current Parliamentary Monitoring Websites in the United Kingdom.
Supervisor: Heyer, Anne
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: International Studies (Bachelor)
Specialisation: International Studies
ECTS Credits: 10

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