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Shaping the Web of Civic Participation: Civil Society Websites in Eastern Europe
László Bruszt, Balázs Vedres and David Stark
Journal of Public Policy
Vol. 25, No. 1 (Jan. - Apr., 2005), pp. 149-163
Published by: Cambridge University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4007789
Page Count: 15
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To study technologies of political participation in the era of internet we examine how civic associations in Eastern Europe create socio-technical platforms of civic participation. The creation of socio-technical platforms combines specific technological features with actors and types of acts. Based on data we collected on 1,585 East European civil society websites we identify five emergent genres of online platforms of civic participation: newsletters, interactive platforms, multilingual solicitations, directories, and brochures. In contrast to the utopistic image of a de-territorialized, participatory global civil society shaped by the new technology, our examination of civil society websites finds that the transnational are not inclined to be participatory and the participatory are less likely to be transnational.
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