Effects of the Internet on Participation: Study of a Public Policy Referendum in Brazil Spada, Paolo Mellon, Jonathan Peixoto, Tiago Sjoberg, Fredrik M. 2015-03-30T19:30:40Z 2015-03-30T19:30:40Z 2015-02
dc.description.abstract Does online voting mobilize citizens who otherwise would not participate? During the annual participatory budgeting vote in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil -- the world's largest -- Internet voters were asked whether they would have participated had there not been an online voting option (i-voting). The study documents an 8.2 percent increase in total turn-out with the introduction of i-voting. In support of the mobilization hypothesis, unique survey data show that i-voting is mainly used by new participants rather than just for convenience by those who were already mobilized. The study also finds that age, gender, income, education, and social media usage are significant predictors of being online-only voters. Technology appears more likely to engage people who are younger, male, of higher income and educational attainment, and more frequent social media users. en
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher World Bank Group, Washington, DC
dc.relation.ispartofseries Policy Research Working Paper;No. 7204
dc.rights CC BY 3.0 IGO
dc.rights.holder World Bank
dc.subject civil participation
dc.subject participatory budgeting
dc.subject voting
dc.subject public policy
dc.subject digital divide
dc.subject communication technologies
dc.subject democratization
dc.subject participatory democracy
dc.subject citizen engagement
dc.subject governance
dc.subject institutional reform
dc.subject decentralization
dc.subject political participation
dc.title Effects of the Internet on Participation en
dc.title.subtitle Study of a Public Policy Referendum in Brazil en
dc.type Working Paper en
dc.type Document de travail fr
dc.type Documento de trabajo es
dspace.entity.type Publication
okr.associatedcontent Accepted journal manuscript 2015-02-26
okr.doctype Publications & Research
okr.doctype Publications & Research :: Policy Research Working Paper
okr.globalpractice Governance
okr.globalpractice Transport and ICT
okr.identifier.doi 10.1596/1813-9450-7204 WPS7204
okr.language.supported en
okr.region.administrative Latin America & Caribbean Brazil
okr.topic Governance :: Citizenship
okr.topic Governance :: Local Government
okr.topic Governance :: Parliamentary Government
okr.topic Governance :: Political Systems and Analysis
okr.topic Information and Communication Technologies :: Digital Divide
okr.topic Information and Communication Technologies :: ICT Policy and Strategies
okr.topic Information and Communication Technologies :: Information Technology
okr.topic Public Sector Development
okr.unit Governance Global Practice Group
relation.isSeriesOfPublication 26e071dc-b0bf-409c-b982-df2970295c87
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