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Introducing Psychological Factors into E-Participation Research

Edelmann, Noella; Cruickshank, Peter


Noella Edelmann


Aroon Manoharan

Marc Holzer


This chapter looks at e-petitioning as a successful application of e-participation from a psychological perspective. It notes that e-participation should not be viewed uncritically, as digital technologies cannot remedy all (political) problems: indeed, they can strengthen old ones and create new ones. Following a brief reviews of socio-economic and application-acceptance models of e-participation, a small selection of psychological approaches factors are presented that could be applied to this context. It is argued that it is useful and important to understand the psychological factors that influence the decisions made by individuals about whether to participate in the political system by initiating, or simply signing, a petition, or choose to remain mere passive observers, no matter how well informed. These insights can both help practitioners designing an e-participation system, and designing new research projects.

Publication Date 2012
Deposit Date Mar 2, 2012
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 338-361
Book Title E-Governance and Civic Engagement
Chapter Number 17
ISBN 9781613500835; 9781613500842
Keywords E-participation; E-petitioning; psychological factors; political involvement;
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