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Title: Internet use and political efficacy: the case of Cyprus
Authors: Gialamas, Vassilis 
Milioni, Dimitra L. 
Demertzis, Nicolas 
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.
ISSN: 1742-7517
DOI: 10.1504/IJEG.2013.058413
Type: Article
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