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|Title:||Internet use and political efficacy: the case of Cyprus||Authors:||Gialamas, Vassilis
Milioni, Dimitra L.
|Keywords:||Internet use;Digital divide;Political efficacy;Cyprus;Electronic governance;E-governance;Greek Cypriots;Turkish Cypriots;Political culture;Politics||Category:||Media and Communications||Field:||Social Sciences||Issue Date:||2013||Publisher:||Inderscience Publishers||Source:||International Journal of Electronic Governance, 2013, Volume 6, Issues 3, Pages 187-208||Abstract:||Although political efficacy is considered to be an important indicator of a well-functioning democracy, it is so far unclear whether it is being enhanced or undermined by internet use. This study seeks to understand the complex relationship between internet use and political efficacy, focusing on the unique case of Cyprus. It explores the effect of internet use, via digital updatedness, on users' perceptions about the impact of the internet on political efficacy and the role of sociocultural factors therein. Although the effect of internet use on internet-mediated political efficacy is found to be weak, the role of the sociocultural environment appears to be particularly important. Research findings are discussed and contextualised in terms of the distinct characteristics of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political culture.||URI:||http://ktisis.cut.ac.cy/handle/10488/4733||ISSN:||1742-7517||DOI:||10.1504/IJEG.2013.058413||Type:||Article|
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