April 14-19, 2009
At the ECPR joint sessions in Lisbon, Portugal, there was a workshop titled Parliaments, Parties and Politicians in cyberspace convened by Cristina Leston-Bandeira.
New information and communication technologies are increasingly applied within European representative democracies, affecting central institutions such as parties, parliaments and politicians. This workshop focused on whether the application of these new technologies has had an impact on how representative democracy works. The purpose of the workshop was to assess not only how party organizations, parliaments and politicians in a wide range of European democracies apply the new technology when conducting their primary assignments but also, and primarily, to assess the reasons for and impact of this application. When assessing the reasons for applying the new technology, we wished to focus in particular on the relationship between institutional characteristics and online presence. When assessing the impact, we distinguished between internal and external consequences. We wanted to assess how the technology may have an impact on the kind and level of activity, the assignments taken on and fulfilled, and the organizational characteristics within these political institutions. Furthermore, we wanted to analyse how the application of the new technology changed the relationship between parties, parliaments and politicians on the one hand, and the electorate on the other.
List of participants and titles of the papers
Some of these papers can be found by clicking on their titles, and in the Research Papers section of this website.
C. Cunha & F. Seiceira, “Parliaments, Parties and Politicians in Portuguese Cyberspace”
N. Jackson & D. Lilleker, “Interacting and Representing : can Web 2.0 enhance the roles of an MP ?”
I. Kirkpatrick, “Smoothing the Wheels of Democracy ? A Case Study on the Impact of IT Reform and the Internet on Scottish Parliamentary Committees”
L. Mosca, “Making democracy work online ? Interpreting the web presence of Italian regions”
D. Schwarz & L. Schaedel, “Do Politicians Keep their Promises ?”