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Electoral pressure or deficit compensation? Online political communication by public agencies in Western European city-regions


Kübler, Daniel; Ott, Sarah; Christmann, Anna (2014). Electoral pressure or deficit compensation? Online political communication by public agencies in Western European city-regions. In: Smart city: new media, social participation and urban governance, Shanghai, 5 June 2014 - 7 June 2014, 23.

Abstract

Today, internet is the most common tool for information and hence an obvious means for governments to be transparent about political institutions and processes. But how does online information work in complex governance networks, where the question who actually governs is difficult to answer? In the present paper, we explore two contradictory hypotheses on why public agencies involved in city-regional policy-making invest in websites to reach out to the wider public. A content analysis of thirty-two websites from agencies in eight European cityregions shows that electoral pressure is a strong incentive. Websites of agencies controlled by directly elected representatives are far more informative than websites of agencies that are disconnected from the democratic chain of delegation.

Abstract

Today, internet is the most common tool for information and hence an obvious means for governments to be transparent about political institutions and processes. But how does online information work in complex governance networks, where the question who actually governs is difficult to answer? In the present paper, we explore two contradictory hypotheses on why public agencies involved in city-regional policy-making invest in websites to reach out to the wider public. A content analysis of thirty-two websites from agencies in eight European cityregions shows that electoral pressure is a strong incentive. Websites of agencies controlled by directly elected representatives are far more informative than websites of agencies that are disconnected from the democratic chain of delegation.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Language:English
Event End Date:7 June 2014
Deposited On:10 Feb 2015 17:54
Last Modified:27 Apr 2017 22:50
Publisher:s.n.
Additional Information:Paper presented at the international conference, organised by the China Academy of Art Industry at Shanghai University and the Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich

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