The Empowerment of Local Government to Involve the Citizens into Political Decision-Making Process to Use the Social Network "Facebook"

Ieva Aurylaitė

Abstract


The quality of modern democracy rests upon an active participation of citizens in political decision-making process. Globalization development in public policy manifested itself in decentralisation process: the restructuring of civil public – political public power relationships and the domination of subnational political in community. Scientific researches that assess new forms of civil participation do not give enough attention to the revelation of new media relation to social and institutional structure. Communication researches of changed political power relations reveal electronic participation involvement. The article offers the analysis of the results of qualitative research conducted in 2016. The research reveals the socio-political experience of local authority about civil participation and the platform of social network “Facebook” specifics, development local authority and civil dialog in Lithuanian local governance.

Keywords


political power decentralization process, empowerment, social network “Facebook”, local governance

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"Public Policy and Administration" ISSN online 2029-2872 / ISSN print 1648-2603