Title: An empirical study of e-participation in Social Movement Organisations

Authors: Maria Laura Sudulich

Addresses: Department of Political Science, Trinity College Dublin, 2–3 College Green, Dublin 2, Republic of Ireland

Abstract: The widespread diffusion of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) has had a significant impact on European society. This study analyses the impact of ICT enabled political participation by Social Movement Organisations (SMOs). A sample of European protest networks and pressure groups| websites are analysed through the use of indicators that measure their ability to disseminate information, their potential for bilateral/multilateral communication, and their website connectivity. We found no significant differences in communication patterns between SMOs that have different sizes with regards to the information dissemination and communication patterns, and found that larger SMOs have more website connectivity.

Keywords: mobilising agents; e-participation; e-government; e-democracy; one-way communication; two-way communication; electronic business; SMOs; social movement organisations; e-business; electronic participation; electronic government; electronic democracy; protest networks; pressure groups; information dissemination; communication patterns; website connectivity.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEB.2008.021879

International Journal of Electronic Business, 2008 Vol.6 No.6, pp.651 - 665

Published online: 08 Dec 2008 *

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