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Broadband Internet and Political Participation: Evidence for G ermany

Broadband Internet and Political Participation: Evidence for G ermany Summary Previous studies found the introduction of the today well established media radio and television to affect political participation. This paper evaluates the effect of the relatively recent introduction of a new medium, broadband internet. OLS results suggest a positive association between DSL availability and voter participation across German municipalities. However, the roll‐out of DSL networks is not random. The paper exploits the fact that DSL availability depends on a municipality's distance to the nearest interconnection point to the existing voice‐telephony network. Instrumental‐variable results using this distance to predict DSL availability confirm the effect of DSL availability on voter participation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Kyklos International Review of Social Sciences Wiley

Broadband Internet and Political Participation: Evidence for G ermany

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
ISSN
0023-5962
eISSN
1467-6435
DOI
10.1111/j.1467-6435.2011.00526.x
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Abstract

Summary Previous studies found the introduction of the today well established media radio and television to affect political participation. This paper evaluates the effect of the relatively recent introduction of a new medium, broadband internet. OLS results suggest a positive association between DSL availability and voter participation across German municipalities. However, the roll‐out of DSL networks is not random. The paper exploits the fact that DSL availability depends on a municipality's distance to the nearest interconnection point to the existing voice‐telephony network. Instrumental‐variable results using this distance to predict DSL availability confirm the effect of DSL availability on voter participation.

Journal

Kyklos International Review of Social SciencesWiley

Published: Feb 1, 2012

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