Impact of Technology on Democracy and Activism: Findings from Multiple Statistical Studies

Chapter 2 of my dissertation consists of a literature review on the impact of the Internet and mobile phones on democracy and activism. The first part of this literature view focuses specifically on analyzing the results from all the peer-reviewed quantitative studies that currently exist on the topic. The second part reviews more micro-level qualitative research. Part 1 is available here as a 7-page PDF. Part 2 will be available shortly.

Here is the list of studies reviewed in Part 1:

Eyck, Toby. 2001. “Does Information Matter? A research note on information technologies and political protest,” Social Science Journal, 38(2001): 147-160.

Howard, Philip. 2010. The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Information Technology and Political Islam. (Oxford University Press: Oxford, England).

Groshek, Jacob. 2010. “A Time-Series, Multinational Analysis of Democratic Forecasts and Internet Diffusion,” International Journal of Communication, 4(2010): 142-174.

Groshek, Jacob. 2009. “The Democratic effects of the Internet, 1994-2003: A Cross-National Inquiry of 152 countries,” The International Communication Gazette, 71(3): 115-136.

Meier, Patrick. 2011. “The Impact of the Information Revolution on Protest Frequency in Repressive Contexts,” doctoral dissertation, The Fletcher School, Tufts University.

Miard, Fabien. 2009. “Call for Power: Mobile Phones as Facilitators of Political Activism,” paper presented at the 50th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA), February 2009, New York.

I’m particularly keen on getting feedback on my draft, especially if you think I’ve missed a statistical study or find any errors in my analysis. Thank you.

6 responses to “Impact of Technology on Democracy and Activism: Findings from Multiple Statistical Studies

  1. Hello,

    It depends upon whether you’re willing to drop below the nation-state as the level of analysis, but if you are, there are many more quantitative studies to consider.

    A good place to start is this article, which considers 38 and is by no means exhaustive:

    Good luck!

  2. Hi Patrick,
    Thanks for sharing your work! There is an article that looks at Internet and information censorship that might be of your interest: Barny, W., 2010, Geographies of global Internet censorship. GeoJournal (online: DOI: 10.1007/s10708-010-9393-3).

  3. Hi Patrick,
    Sorry. There was an error in the citation. It should be Warf, B., 2010.

  4. on my blog I will also link back to this post Thanks

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