MKs Usage of Personal Internet Tools, 2009: On the Verge of a New Decade

World Political Science Review, Vol. 9, No. 1 (2013), 219-261

43 Pages Posted: 29 Oct 2013

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Sharon Haleva-Amir

Bar Ilan University, School of Communication

Date Written: July 23, 2013

Abstract

This paper examines internet use as a personal political device among Members of the Knesset (hereafter: MKs). We will first describe the social and political trends which promote Israeli and worldwide parliamentarians’ use of personal internet platforms as a communication medium. Description of these trends will be accompanied by examples from 17th-Knesset MKs’ websites. We will also review the changes which took place in MKs’ use of personal internet tools, in accordance with the identified developmental phases. Finally, we will discuss the distinction between Internet use as a means of political communication during campaigns and Internet use as a platform for interaction with the public while in office.

Keywords: e-Politics, Israel, online political activity, MKs, personal websites

Suggested Citation

Haleva-Amir, Sharon, MKs Usage of Personal Internet Tools, 2009: On the Verge of a New Decade (July 23, 2013). World Political Science Review, Vol. 9, No. 1 (2013), 219-261, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2345853

Sharon Haleva-Amir (Contact Author)

Bar Ilan University, School of Communication ( email )

Ramat Gan
Israel

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