Civic Participation and Engagement in Electronic Social Networks: Trends in Lithuania

Jurgita Jurkevičienė, Eglė Butkevičienė

Abstract


The debates on how to foster civic participation have intensified in current years, especially with the coming of digital era. New electronic social networks and other digital platforms promising the unseen possibilities for variety of activities including civic participation, has been emphasized as a factor facilitating civic engagement (Smith, 2013). In this article, we test a hypothesis that people, who are actively engaged in electronic social networks at the same time are more likely participate in civic activities. The findings show that electronic social networks generally have a positive relationship with participation in various civic activities. More specifically, we find that engagement in specific networked activities, such as “offering topics for discussion”, “contributing to organized events” or “publication of content” have more influence on civic participation than others.

Keywords


electronic social networks, civic participation, political participation, quantitative research, public opinion survey.

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