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How far digital technological innovations have succeeded in overcoming political apathy and political disengagement? If your answer goes utopian way, how sustainable will that change be? Do we have any empirical evidence which may suggest that the change in real sense is sustainable?
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Obviously, real democracy is possible only when each voter has enough intellectual power and knowledge. It would be great to have something like exams for driver or shooter licence - "voter licence" - basic questions from history, logic, fundamentals of natural sciences (school level). Otherwise, it is not democracy, it is ochlocracy: TV stars, sportsmen, populists, etc. (of course, paid by serious persons - oligarchs, who will get real power) to be elected.
There is one nice movie "Idiocracy" (2006), looks like a prediction...
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Hi all,
I'm running CFA utilizing 12 variables: 11 are IVs and 1 is DV (E-participation), correlations are all significant but values are between 0.3 and 0.55.
Are these low correlations? If so, are they going to affect the model fitness and low CFI?
Thanks ahead.
Mustafa
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Hello Mustafa,
No; the parcels refer to the observed scores used to estimate the 11 IVs and 1 DV, not to combining sets of the latent variables/factors.
One final point: You can still have low correlations/loadings/path coefficients among the latent variables and obtain superb model-data fit, if those (low) coefficients work well to reproduce the observed relationships in the data set. In other words, the model could be an accurate portrayal of relatively modest relationships among the constructs of interest.
Good luck with your work.
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Do you know any research for e-election, e-participation or e-vote for any country? i"m doing research for the development of e-voting in Slovenia.
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I attached few of mine... I focused on e-participation and voting...  E-election is not much available... I am working on one now and another one was submitted to a journal recently
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I want to do online survey targeting smartphone users. can I use advertisement services in social media e.g. twitter and/or Facebook?
do you know any study use this method?
is this accepting in 'quantitative' researches? 
is there any ethical issues?
Thank you :)
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Nora, your problem in using social media is how you will be generalising.  For instance, if you want to do research about the use of drugs among 16 yr olds and you used twitter, you would only receive repsonses from people with smartphones and a twitter account. I do not think many 16 yr olds would have these and therefore the people who respond will not be your averge 16 yr old...and hence you will be making conclusions about 16 yr olds based on a sample that is not representitive.
You can only make conclusions about a population if any member of your population has an equal chance of being in your sample (assuming it is quantitative/deductiive). So if I do a study about eating habits of Brazilians and I do it at the olympic stadium, my results will show that Brazillian people eat very healthy. :-)
For that reason; if you use social media, you can only extrapolate your results to the population of people who use such social media. Even worse is when you post a survey to your friends on FB...surprisingly most respondents would be roundabout your age...so in that case you cannot extrapolate even to FB users.
I know of research at my own university about whether people will take a salary cut to work for comanies with higher levels of corporate citizenship. For that the student will post hypothetical job advertisements on LinkedIn. I can try refer you to her if you send me a messsage.
Lastly, You can probably refer to a FB survey as a convenience sample, in which case you need a very good reason to go that way.
I hope this helps!
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I would like to know whether there is progress in accepted standards and more refined ways to understand levels of citizen participation (I am familiar with the work of Arnstein, IAP2, Tambouris, Macintosh and similar ladders). Any advice and recent literature after 2014 is welcome!
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I just read an article by Maria A. Wimmer entitled Mobile Participation: Exploring Mobile Tools in E-Participation... Take a look: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/295402355_Mobile_Participation_Exploring_Mobile_Tools_in_E-Participation 
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how people can participate in spatial planning in your country? Is it possible to legal participate in spatial planning by means Web map services?
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Hallo Joanna
Participation in my country has a low voice . It is related to whom they pay for the project 
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Any suggestions?
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Prof. Ewa Ziemba  , thank you very much for this paper.
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I am planning a study on transparency and acceptance of a policy development process. I found the following related studies: 
  • I plan to base the study on the work of De Fine Licht (2014) - links attached.
  • Cramer et al. (2008) measure the effects of transparency on trust in and acceptance of a content-based art recommender.
  • Trust (as a related concept) has been analyzed before in Becker, Heddier, Öksüz, Knackstedt (2014) - but in an non-public setting.
  • Organizational TransparencyEdit (2015-09-18): Two quantitative evaluation frameworks for organizational transparency have been proposed and tested before: Rawlins 2009: "Give the Emperor a Mirror: Toward Developing a Stakeholder Measurement of Organizational Transparency" and Dapko 2012: "Perceived Firm Transparency: Scale and Model Development"
I don't plan to include the Technology Acceptance Model, as it rather equates usage of IT as the measure for acceptance - which seems to fit badly for a policy's acceptance.
Am I missing some important study and are there any established questionnaires available?
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Good Project, Dear Mathias and wish you well. Besides whatever else you may consider for your study, I recommend that you spend time on the work of Kaufmann, et al., who have developed the World Governance Indicators (WGI) in which Transparency is one of the crucial indicators. They have developed considerable standards and rated countries which will help you to streamline and evolve your thinking apart from giving you a number of sources from which you can draw data.
Transparency International is another source you can explore.
My work in straddling the area of governance and participative democracy. Good luck to you.
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The objective of this question is to reflect on the importance of the direct participation of the population in the local power to decide processes. The desired focus is on the common citizen and their possible intervention in the local power to decide processes.
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Dear Andrea,
One of the methods exercised nowadays in Poland is particiapatory budget, when people directly decide what kind of investments in community they really need. I agree with you that this is fantastic. Good luck with your study!
Best regards,
Mariusz
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As we know, cyber activism is not a homogenous trend, as it covers a multitude of actions undertaken by social movements, nongovernmental organizations and individual entities.
I know it is difficult to measure the results of actions realized by cyber activists in a literal sense, f. ex. present them in detailed percentage bars. What concerns cyber activists, the most important issue is that the initiative has to reach the awareness of the recipient and has to make him think.
Do you think that actions undertaken by cyber activists weaken the position occupied by elites within the public space?
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Spain is highly active in cyber activism. Change.org is a widely used platform in my country. A lot of iniciatives had collected more than 300,000 signatures, a remarkable amount in a country of 46 million people. Newspapers and tv news make reference to iniciatives in this page most of the weeks.
Among the most successful actions I would highlight:
-Change in Spectacles Law in Madrid Region as a result of 428k signatures.
-A Spanish woman affected by cancer comes back from a Bolivian prison, 175k people signed the petition.
-After the scandal of corruption in the political party currently governing Spain more than 1.2 million signatures were collected to ask for the dimission of the prime minister. 
Currently there are two well-known iniciatives:
-Change in law to outlaw webpages to foster anorexia
-Today a lot of people had signed to save the dog of the first woman infected by ebola in Madrid because the authorities want to kill it. There are more than 150k signatures in a few hours.
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I am researching the influence of citizen participation in sustainable urban development and I would welcome contributions on this subject, because I am in search of new and creative ways to better involve citizens, communities and others interested in the promotion of citizen participation.
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The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (UK) has commissioned some very useful reports on community participation tools and evaluation http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/what-works-assessing-community-participation
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I am researching the influence of citizen participation in sustainable urban development and I would welcome contributions on this subject, because I am in search of new and creative ways to better involve citizens, communities and others interested in the promotion of citizen participation.
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As a contribution to those interested in the subject, here are the links of some manuals:
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Given that e-government gives birth to the transformation of government, how can that transformation result in and enhance citizens' trust in their government?
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Transformation of government also need to involve citizens as stakeholder. By doing so then you can grantee the trust. Other wise transforming without citizen involvement of citizens my end up citizen increasing the gap between the government and citizens, and this will lead to no trust as they are not part of anything going on in the government side.