Rosa Borge

Rosa Borge
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya | UOC · Law and Political Science Studies

PhD in Political Science and Sociology

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Publications (40)
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The new parties that emerged following the 15-M movement and against the austerity measures in Spain want to build parties open to the participation and deliberation for all the citizenry. To what extent are these ideals being fulfilled? The aim of this article is to describe and assess some of the main online deliberative processes of the two most...
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This paper focuses on the use of technology to improve democracy, comparing the cases of Estonia and Catalonia. Both examples are closely related in their use of technology to further democratize the decision-making processes, but have opposite starting points. Estonia's internet voting system is an offshoot of the comprehensive e-governance system...
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Free, open-source participatory platforms like Decidim or Consul were designed by the 15M’ citizen activists in Spain. Initially implemented in Barcelona and Madrid, these platforms are spread in many countries. Castells has not examined the institutionalization of the 15M’s offspring, and thus we aim to contribute by studying the rollout of the De...
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Este texto se centra en el uso de tecnología para la profundización democrática, comparando los casos de Estonia y Cataluña. Ambos ejemplos hacen bandera del uso de tecnología como método para la democratización de los procesos de toma de decisiones, partiendo de posiciones opuestas. En Estonia, la tecnología se consolida en un sistema de voto por...
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There have been growing concerns regarding the potential impact of social media on democracy and public debate. While some theorists have claimed that ICTs and social media would bring about a new independent public sphere and increase exposure to political divergence, others have warned that they would lead to polarization through the formation of...
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The increasing pervasiveness of social media has been matched by growing concerns regarding their potential impact on democracy and public debate. While some theorists have claimed that ICTs and social media would bring about a new independent public sphere and increase exposure to political divergence, others have warned that they would lead to po...
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To what extent are elements of rational-critical debate present in Twitter political networks? And to what extent are the discursive practices in these networks constitutive of a public sphere online? This research presents the different phases of a coding manual we developed to assess deliberation in Twitter political networks. To exemplify the us...
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Are participatory platforms facilitating public deliberation? To answer this question, we focus on the most commented citizens' proposal discussed on the Barcelona government's platform Decidim (i.e., the granting of new licenses for tourist apartments). Our goal is twofold. First, we evaluate via content analysis the deliberative quality of this c...
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Social media is transforming relations among members of parliaments, but are members taking advantage of these new media to broaden their party and ideological communication environment, or they are mainly communicating with other party members and ideologically aligned peers? This article tests whether parliamentarians’ use of Twitter is opening c...
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This article seeks to test whether Twitter is contributing to the appearance of new opinion leaders or empowering already visible political leaders. The study is based on a data set spanning from January 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 that covers all relationships (4,516), retweets (6,045) and mentions (19,507) of Catalan parliamentarians. The data sust...
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The use of social media by parliamentarians is opening up a new communication arena. In Catalonia, where 85 percent of parliamentarians have a Twitter account, two questions emerge from this new social phenomenon. First, who are the opinion leaders of the parliamentarians’ online political networks, and second, do the characteristics of the Members...
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Use of social media by political parties has become a part of their communication strategies. In Catalonia, where around 20% of Internet users obtain political information through Facebook and Twitter, parties use these channels widely. This article has examined 814 posts, 5,772 comments, 52,470 likes and 25,907 shares from the official Facebook pa...
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This article seeks to test if Twitter is opening communication flows between parties and paving the way for the appearance of network leaderships or if it is reducing them to representatives of the same party or ideology and empowering party leaders. The study is based on a dataset spanning from 1 January 2013 to 31 March 2014 which covers all rela...
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The protest movements that began in 2011 have evolved into different organisational forms, maintaining their original idea of participatory and deliberative democracy and transfering it to these new organisations. Online tools remain crucial for implementing their participatory and deliberative ideal of democracy. The aim of this paper is to descr...
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L’anàlisi de la xarxa de Twitter dels diputats del Parlament de Catalunya ens permeten concloure que els representats del poble català es relacionen molt més amb aquells diputats que són del seu partit i que es posicionen d’una manera similar en les clivelles Esquerra-Dreta o Nacionalista que amb els dels altres grups parlamentaris. En aquest senti...
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El objetivo de este artículo es estudiar la relación entre la centralización de las decisiones en tres de los partidos más significativos del panorama político catalán actual (CIU, ERC y PSC) y la interacción que estos llevan a cabo tanto en sus páginas web como en Facebook. Nuestras hipótesis de trabajo son dos. La primera se refiere a que los par...
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We present a dialogue between Rosa Borge Bravo, political scientist and lecturer at the Open University of Catalonia (Universidad Oberta de Cataluña) and Raquel (Lucas) Platero Méndez, psychologist –political scientist by adoption- and researcher at the Complutense University in Madrid, in which we discuss the issue of same-sex couple’s adoption in...
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In this paper we aim to investigate the relationship between Internet use, motivation and political participation. In particular, we aim to find out if, by reducing participation costs, use of the Internet changes the importance of motivation in the classic explanations of participation. In order to explore this question, we have used data from sur...
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Book review. Promises and Limits of Web-deliberation. Raphael Kies (2010). The aim of this book is to analyse the degree to which online political forums are deliberative and, consequently, whether virtual forums could increase the deliberative character of our democracies. In the first chapter, the author carries out a concise and very well focuse...
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This article explores whether use of the Internet changes the role that political motivation has traditionally played in classic explanations of participation. We ask if, by reducing so dramatically the costs of political participation, the Internet causes interest in politics to lose importance as a causal factor of participation. We examine this...
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Reconsidering the analysis of the uses of ICTs by political parties: an application to the Catalan case.
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This article presents an analysis on local participatory experiences in Catalonia, both online and in-person. The analysis is based on a database set up by the authors. The article carries out an explanatory analysis of local participatory initiatives (on- and offline) taking into account political variables (not usually con- sidered in this kind o...
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Participación en el Simposio Internacional "Changing Politics through digital networks: the role of ICTs in the formation of new social and political actors and actions", que tuvo lugar en la Universidad de Florencia los días 5 y 6 de octubre del 2007.
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Este artículo presenta un análisis explicativo de las experiencias locales de participación, presenciales y electrónicas, en Cataluña. El análisis se centra en una base de datos construida por las autoras. Se han examinado algunas variables políticas que caracterizan a los municipios (normalmente no tratadas en este tipo de análisis) y también vari...
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Aquest article presenta una anàlisi explicativa de les experiències locals de participació, presencials i electròniques, a Catalunya. L'anàlisi se centra en una base de dades construïda per les autores. S'han examinat algunes variables polítiques que caracteritzen els municipis (normalment no tractades en aquest tipus d'anàlisi) i també variables s...
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Political actors use ICTs in a different manner and in different degrees when it comes to achieving a closer relationship between the public and politicians. Usually, political parties develop ICT strategies only for electoral campaigning and therefore restrain ICT usages to providing information and establishing a few channels of communication. By...
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El primer numero de la col·leccio "Vull Saber", titulat La democracia electronica i escrit pel politoleg Jordi Sanchez, es molt pertinent perque el tema es de gran actualitat i pot interessar tant a politics i autoritats com a qualsevol ciutada que faci servir les noves tecnologies i vulgui coneixer l'impacte dels canvis tecnologics en el mon polit...
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Political actors use ICTs in a different manner and in different degrees when it comes to achieving a closer relationship between the public and politicians. Usually, political parties develop ICT strategies only for electoral campaigning and therefore restrain ICT usages to providing information and establishing a few channels of communication. By...
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This article consists of an analysis of the current condition of elec- tronic political participation focusing mainly on Catalonia and Spain. There are various experiences of this type that are emerging all around, arising from private and public initiatives: electronic voting, discussions, forums and consultations in the Internet, local platforms...
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CASTELLANO En este artículo se presenta un análisis de la situación de la participación política electrónica en la actualidad, principalmente en Cataluña y en España. Son muy numerosas las experiencias de este tipo que están surgiendo por todas partes, fruto tanto de la iniciativa privada como de la pública: voto electrónico, debates, foros y consu...
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En este artículo se presenta un análisis de la situación de la participación política electrónica en la actualidad, principalmente en Cataluña y en España. Son muy numerosas las experiencias de este tipo que están surgiendo por todas partes, fruto tanto de la iniciativa privada como de la pública: voto electrónico, debates, foros y consultas por In...
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En este artículo se a nalizan las primeras fases de construcción e implantación de Consensus ( http://www.e-consensus.org ), una herramienta de participación ciudadana basada en la utilización de las Tecnologías de la Información y la Comunicación (TICs) y orientada al ámbito municipal catalán. Construido entre 2001 y 2004 por un consorcio de insti...
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La tesis parte de varias insatisfacciones e intereses científicos. La primera insatisfacción se refiere a cómo se ha analizado la participación política en la literatura empírica. El mayor problema radica en el concepto de participación política (originario de Verba y Nie, 1972), el cual resulta limitado y con una operacionalización incoherente, au...

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Projects (2)
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4 goals: 1.- To study models and conceptions of democracy as deliberative systems; 2.- How different social and political actors are involved in deliberative systems (political parties, social movements, citizens, civic organizations, social media, mass media); 3.- How to measure and analyze online deliberation (system of deliberative criteria and indicators, manual and automated coding analyses, social network analysis, data-driven analysis of participatory platforms); 4.- How to foster deliberation through experimentation and interventions on participatory platforms and media.
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Are Social Media transforming the political communication amongst the members of Parliaments?: Testing whether Parliaments are echo chambers of partisan and polarized politics as usual or the degree of ideological polarization is not so acute on the Parliamentary twitter network.