A global empirical evaluation of new communication technology use and democratic tendency

Victoria Stodden, Patrick Meier

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Abstract

Is the dramatic increase in Internet use associated with a commensurate rise in democracy? Few previous studies have drawn on multiple perception-based measures of governance to assess the Internet's effects on the process of democratization. This paper uses perception-based time series data on "Voice & Accountability," "Political Stability," and "Rule of Law" to provide insights into democratic tendency. The results of regression analysis suggest that the level of "Voice & Accountability" in a country increases with Internet use, while the level of "Political Stability" decreases with increasing Internet use. Additionally, Internet use was found to increase significantly for countries with increasing levels of "Voice & Accountability." In contrast, "Rule of Law" was not significantly affected by a country's level of Internet use. Increasing cell phone use did not seem to affect either "Voice & Accountability," "Political Stability" or "Rule of Law." In turn, cell phone use was not affected by any of these three measures of democratic tendency. When limiting our analysis to autocratic regimes, we noted a significant negative effect of Internet and cell phone use on "Political Stability" and found that the "Rule of Law" and "Political Stability" metrics drove ICT adoption.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2009 International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2009 - Proceedings
Pages3-16
Number of pages14
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event2009 International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2009 - Doha, Qatar
Duration: Apr 17 2009Apr 19 2009

Publication series

Name2009 International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2009 - Proceedings

Other

Other2009 International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2009
CountryQatar
CityDoha
Period4/17/094/19/09

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Keywords

  • Cell phone
  • Democracy
  • Fixed effects model
  • ICT
  • Internet

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems

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Stodden, V., & Meier, P. (2009). A global empirical evaluation of new communication technology use and democratic tendency. In 2009 International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2009 - Proceedings (pp. 3-16). [5426719] (2009 International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2009 - Proceedings). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICTD.2009.5426719