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dc.contributor.advisorStein, Laura Lynn, 1965-en
dc.creatorHennigan, Sean Christopheren
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-22T21:37:55Zen
dc.date.available2012-02-22T21:37:55Zen
dc.date.issued2011-12en
dc.date.submittedDecember 2011en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2011-12-4657en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractCommunications scholars recognize two related trends in twenty-first century politics: the rise of information and communications technologies promising major changes in civic participation and a growing disconnection between citizens and their governments. The coexistence of these trends raises some interesting questions about the role of ICTs for enabling new forms of civic participation. How can new technologies better enable civic participation? This report proposes a typology for evaluating online civic participation projects that allows researchers to analyze the goals, designs, and outcomes of particular projects. The typology also incorporates Arnstein’s (1969) ladder of citizen participation in order to enumerate the relationships between the project’s goals and its outcomes and to provide a flexible model for understanding the democratic conceptualizations manifested in particular projects. The report analyzes three online civic participation projects, highlighting their innovations and discussion their levels of citizen participation. The analyses suggest that a project’s goals, designs and outcomes are related to, and inform, its desired and realized levels of citizen participation. The review also suggests clarifications to Arnstein’s ladder for future use in understanding online civic participation. The report’s evaluative typology can aid in the interpretation of past online civic participation projects and guide the conceptualization and implementation of future projects in order to facilitate the development of more direct connections between citizens and governments and more open and transparent democratic governance structures.en
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.language.isoengen
dc.subjectNew mediaen
dc.subjectCivic participationen
dc.subjectArnsteinen
dc.subjectLadder of participationen
dc.subjectInterneten
dc.subjectDeliberationen
dc.titleActive citizen participation online : a typology for evaluating online civic participation projectsen
dc.title.alternativeTypology for evaluating online civic participation projectsen
dc.date.updated2012-02-22T21:38:02Zen
dc.identifier.slug2152/ETD-UT-2011-12-4657en
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDoty, Philipen
dc.description.departmentRadio-Television-Filmen
dc.type.genrethesisen
thesis.degree.departmentRadio-Television-Filmen
thesis.degree.disciplineRadio-Television-Filmen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen


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