E-participation in electoral campaigns: the Brazilian experience
by Francisco Brandao Jr., Carlos Marcos Batista
International Journal of Electronic Governance (IJEG), Vol. 2, No. 4, 2009

Abstract: This paper focuses on voters' participation in the 2006 Brazilian election campaign, when the internet played an important role in the results. The research observes who participated and why, in an analysis of e-mails sent to presidential candidates and debates among militants and supporters in virtual communities. The analysis focuses not only on the supply of political information, but also on the users' demands, in a profile in which variables lead to politicians' and voters' access to the internet – gender, age, partisanship, education degree, profession. The motivations for participation are described by political and social factors, and also by media events.

Online publication date: Sun, 20-Dec-2009

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