Civil Society and Cyber Society: The Role of the Internet in Community Associations and Democratic Politics

  title={Civil Society and Cyber Society: The Role of the Internet in Community Associations and Democratic Politics},
  author={Michael J. Jensen and James N. Danziger and Alladi Venkatesh},
  journal={The Information Society},
  pages={39 - 50}
A healthy civil society has long been held as vital to a healthy democracy and there is interest in whether the Internet affects this linkage. This paper explores the relationships between offline and online modes of associational life and also analyzes offline and online interactions with local governments in the US context. Based on our empirical analyses of 1,203 respondents, we show that online participation is not simply an extension of offline participation, but can be distinguished in… 

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  • Taewoo Nam
  • Political Science
    2011 44th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
  • 2011
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