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Digital Access, Political Networks and the Diffusion of Democracy


Lauren Rhue


New York University (NYU) - Department of Information, Operations, and Management Sciences

Arun Sundararajan


New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business

September 1, 2012

Social Networks, Forthcoming
NYU Working Paper No. CEDER-11-03

Abstract:     
We examine the effects of digital access on the prevalence of democracy and its diffusion via trade, geographical and migration networks across 189 countries between 2000 and 2010. We find that different digital technologies may have varying impacts on freedom while affecting its diffusion via different political networks, and that related changes in civil liberties can be affected by both media freedom and internal political institutions. Our analysis suggests three key mechanisms linking information technology with democratic change and highlights the importance of a country’s “susceptibility” to political influence that is triggered by greater digitally-induced visibility.

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Keywords: Democracy, Internet, Social media, Selection, Influence, SIENA

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Date posted: July 24, 2011 ; Last revised: October 4, 2012

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Rhue, Lauren and Sundararajan, Arun, Digital Access, Political Networks and the Diffusion of Democracy (September 1, 2012). Social Networks, Forthcoming; NYU Working Paper No. CEDER-11-03. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1892669 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1892669

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Lauren Rhue
New York University (NYU) - Department of Information, Operations, and Management Sciences ( email )
44 West Fourth Street
New York, NY 10012
United States
Arun Sundararajan (Contact Author)
New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business ( email )
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New York, NY 10012
United States
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