El seminario servirá además para reunir por primera vez, cara a cara, a los miembros del grupo sobre Internet y Política (standing group on Internet & Politics) del ECPR. Será el 16 de abril de 2009, bajo el liderazgo de Cristina Leston-Bandeira y Thomas Zittel (Universität Mannheim).
Más información el la web del encuentro.
Panel: Parliaments, Parties and Politicians in Cyberspace
Chairs: Karina Kosiara-Pedersen (University of Copenhagen) and Cristina Leston-Bandeira (University of Hull)
New information and communication technologies are increasingly applied within European representative democracies, affecting central institutions such as parties, parliaments and politicians. This workshop aims to focus on whether the application of these new technologies has had an impact on how representative democracy works. The purpose of the workshop is to assess not only how party organisations, parliaments and politicians in a wide range of European democracies apply the new technology when conducting their primary assignments but also, and primarily, to assess the reasons for and impact of this application. When assessing the reasons for applying the new technology, we focus in particular on the relationship between institutional characteristics and online presence. When assessing the impact, we distinguish between internal and external consequences: We want to assess how the technology may have an impact on the kind and level of activity, the assignments taken on and fulfilled, and the organisational characteristics within these political institutions. Furthermore, we want to analyse how the application of the new technology changes the relationship between parties, parliaments and politicians on the one hand, and the electorate on the other. We welcome participants from political communication, legislative studies and party research and other researchers working within this field. We invite, in particular, participants analysing European countries so far not covered within this research field, as well as innovative contributions. We invite a mixture of papers, both comparative analyses and case studies, qualitative and quantitative studies as well as a combination thereof.
List of participants and paper titles:
- Sergio Braga, Universidade Federal do Parana: Internet and Representative institutions in Brazil: information technology in Brazilian Houses of Representatives.
- Stefano Braghiroli, Università degli studi di Siena: MEPs 2.0? europarliamentarians’ communication strategies in the internet era: General developments and individual specificities.
- Ian Cooper, University of Oslo, ARENA: A “Virtual Third Chamber” for the European Union? National Parliaments Under the Treaty of Lisbon.
- Rosanna de Rosa, Universita' di Napoli Federico II: The role of ideas and their change in the higher education policy-making processes from the Eighties to present-day. The cases of England and New Zealand in comparative perspective. Research Project.
- Cristiano Faria, IUPERJ Brazil: The eDemocracy project applied to the climate changing policy in the Brazilian parliament: A case study.
- Christian- Pierre Ghillebaert, Institute of Political Studies Lille: The virtual tribute of would-be candidates to democracy. Has internet become the best or the last resort of candidates for presidency in France?
- Fabienne Greffet and Frédérick Bastien, Université de Grenoble: Monitoring the impact of context features over the development of party websites. A comparative analysis of Canada, France and the United Kingdom during the last national campaigns (2005-07).
- Michael Jensen, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona: Political participation, alienation and the internet in Spain and the United States.
- Rune Karlsen, Institute for Social Research (ISF), Samfunnsforskning (ISF), Oslo: Does New Media Technology Drive Election Campaign Change?
- Iris Kirkpatrick, University of Sydney: Smoothing the Wheels of Democracy? A Case Study on the Impact of IT Reform and the Internet on Scottish Parliamentary Committees.
- Darren Lilleker and Nigel Jackson, University of Bournemouth: Interacting and representing: can Web 2.0 enhance the roles of an MP?
- Lorenzo Mosca, Universita degli studi di Trento: Making democracy work online? Interpreting the web presence of Italian regions.
- Aine Ramonaite, Vilnius University: Bringing ideology back in? the impact of electronic voting assistance tool on democratic process in a post-communist society.
- Daniel Schwarz and Lisa Schädel, Zürich University: Do Politicians Keep their Promises?
- Filipa Seiceira and Carlos Cunha, Centro de Investigação e Estudos de Sociologia (CIES-ISCTE) Lisboa: Parliaments, Parties and Politicians in Portuguese Cyberspace.
- Laura Sudulich (Trinity College, University of Dublin) and Jordanka Tomkova (European University Institute): Towards a virtual constituency? Comparative dimensions of MEPs online and offline constituency outreach.
- Sara Vissers, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven: Party websites as a tool for political campaigning: the production and consumption of political information.
- Stephen Ward and Andy Williamson, University of Salford: MPs with Friends: Facebook & Political Representatives in the UK.
- Thomas Zittel, Universität Mannheim: Will Politics become all local in Cyberspace? - Representative Behaviour and the Internet in Germany.
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