Governance and Social Media in African Countries: An Empirical Investigation
Telecommunications Policy, 43(5), pp. 411-425 (June, 2019).
30 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2018 Last revised: 8 May 2019
Date Written: January 1, 2018
This study assesses linkages between social media and governance dynamics in 49 African countries for the year 2012. The empirical evidence is based on ordinary least squares and quantile regressions. Ten bundled and unbundled governance dynamics are used, notably: (i) political governance (entailing “voice & accountability” and political stability/no violence); (ii) economic governance (involving regulation quality and government effectiveness); (iii) institutional governance (comprising the rule of law and corruption-control) and (iv) general governance (entailing political, economic and institutional governance). Social media is measured with Facebook penetration. The findings show that Facebook penetration is positively associated with governance dynamics and these positive nexuses differ in terms of significance and magnitude of significance throughout the conditional distribution of the governance dynamics.
Keywords: Governance; Social Media; Africa
JEL Classification: G20; O38; O40; O55; P37
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