Citizens and their Political Institutions in a Digital Context
in Dutton, W.H. (ed.), A Research Agenda for Digital Politics. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2020
10 Pages Posted: 27 Dec 2019 Last revised: 16 Jun 2020
Date Written: August 9, 2019
The ways in which citizens interact with and participate in their political, governmental, and legal systems are shifting as new digital communication tools are integrated into daily life. Shifts in media systems have consequences for how citizens can, and want to, enact their citizenship. This chapter reviews definitions of democratic and digital citizenship in order to point to three key citizen-institution relationships: citizen to their legal, government, and political information systems. We highlight key research priorities for each of these relationships.
Keywords: digital politics, digital citizenship, digital government, political information, political communication, digital rights
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