Online News and Protest Participation in a Political Context: Evidence from Self-Reported Cross-Sectional Data

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Nora A. Kirkizh

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Olessia Y. Koltsova

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Date Written: February 20, 2018

Abstract

The availability of alternative information via online news sources is often said to induce social discontent, especially in states, where traditional media are under state control. But does this relation really exist, and is it universal? In contrast to previous studies, where generalized Internet use is treated as a proxy for online news consumption and general political participation is a proxy for protest participation, we render a test of relationship specifically between online news and protest participation. We explore survey data from WVS for 48 nations in 2010-2014. The analysis provides evidence that the likelihood of individual protest participation is positively associated with online news consumption. The study also shows that the magnitude of the effect varies depending upon the political context: surprisingly, despite supposedly unlimited control offline as well as online media, autocratic countries demonstrated higher effects of online news than transitional regimes, where the Internet media are relatively uninhibited.

Keywords: Internet, new media, online news, protest, political regime

JEL Classification: Z

Suggested Citation

Kirkizh, Nora A. and Koltsova, Olessia Y., Online News and Protest Participation in a Political Context: Evidence from Self-Reported Cross-Sectional Data (February 20, 2018). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 58/PS/2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3126711 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3126711

Nora A. Kirkizh

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Olessia Y. Koltsova (Contact Author)

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

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