[AISWorld] Published: International Journal of E-Politics Vol. 5, Issue 2

Celia R. Livermore ak1667 at wayne.edu
Thu Sep 4 19:12:05 EDT 2014

The contents of the latest issue of: 
International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP) 
Volume 5, Issue 2, April - June 2014 
Published: Quarterly in Print and Electronically 
ISSN: 1947-9131; EISSN: 1947-914X; 
Published by IGI Global Publishing, Hershey, USA 

Editor-in-Chief: Celia Romm Livermore (Wayne State University, USA) 

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to the International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP). All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process. 

E-Participation and Deliberation in the European Union: The Case of Debate Europe 
Roxana Radu (Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS), Central European University, Budapest, Hungary) 
Civic online participation garnered much interest during the last decade relative to the transformation of the concept of democracy in a move from representative to participatory. In the European Union (EU), both the types and the number of online opportunities for citizen empowerment have diversified tremendously with the advancement of information and communication technology (ICT). The present study undertakes an in-depth research of Debate Europe, an online deliberation mechanism initiated in 2008 by the European Commission. A quantitative and qualitative content analysis was carried out in order to examine thoroughly the contributions received from posters for the two most popular discussion threads on the English-language portal in the 2009 EP electoral year. The empirical evidence allowed for the identification of participation dynamics based on two dimensions: interactivity and rationality. Findings suggest that such moderated discussions advanced high interactivity and rationality that could provide valuable input at the EU level. While the prerequisites for a transition from micro-public spheres to transnational civic engagement exist, this is done only partially due to the lack of an adequate infrastructure to feedback opinions into institutional decision-making mechanisms in the EU. 
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The Impact of Online News Consumption on Young People's Political Participation 
Hao Xiaoming (Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Nanyang, Singapore), Wen Nainan (School of Journalism and Communication, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China), Cherian George (Department of Journalism, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong) 
The informational usage of media has been identified as one of the most important factors that facilitate citizens' participation in political activities. This relationship becomes exceptionally intriguing in the 21st century, which is characterized by a growing popularity of new media, and concurrently, a decline of political and civic engagement in many societies, particularly among young people. Research findings about the link between new media usage and political participation have been inconclusive, and specific processes through which new media usage, especially the informational usage of such media, may affect political participation remain less than lucid. In this study, we propose a theoretical framework under which political knowledge and political efficacy are used to explain the possible connection between online news consumption and political participation. Through a survey of university students in Singapore, this study shows that the young people's consumption of online news is directly related to both online and offline political participation. At the same time, the consumption of online news is also indirectly related to online and offline political participation via political efficacy. Political knowledge, however, is found to be a mediating factor between online news consumption and online political participation but not offline political participation. This study not only allows us a more holistic view of the impact of online news on young people's political and civic engagement but also contributes to the existing literature on the relationship between news consumption and political participation by incorporating both online and offline political activities in the proposed theoretical model. 
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Social Tyranny and Democratic Governance in the Information Age 
Andrew Ward (Health Services Research, Policy and Administration, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA) 
The development and diffusion of inexpensive, reliable and easy to use public Internet access means that large portions of the U.S. and global populations now regularly communicate with one another. Will the increasing penetration of the Internet into the social and political lives of people facilitate Thomas Jefferson's vision of a world “founded on the primacy of individual liberty and a commitment to pluralism, diversity, and Community”? While many people believe that the answer to this question is “yes”, such affirmations often rest on adducing cases not theoretically linked to one another. In contrast, the present paper provides a broadly philosophical, conceptual analysis of how use of the Internet can lead to forms of “social tyranny” in which one or more elements of a community impose their own beliefs and interests on others in that community. For instance, dependence on Internet access and use for social action or pertinent information about social activities may lead to marginalization and exclusion for people whose Internet access or use is limited. Furthermore, the connectedness or mode of connectedness of groups or organizations may give them an unfair advantage disseminating and advocating the messages they deliver to members of the communities in which they exist. The conclusion is not that we should adopt attitudes and policies that are antithetical to the use of the Internet. Rather, using ideas from Dewey and Habermas, amongst others, the conclusion is that it is important to reflect broadly and critically on how use of the Internet can transform the character of the public domain and the deliberations about governance that occur within that domain. 
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The Politics of E-Learning: A Theoretical Model 
Celia Romm Livermore (Department of Information Systems and Manufacturing, School of Business Administration, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA), Mahesh Raisinghani (School of Management, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX, USA), Pierluigi Rippa (Department of Business and Managerial Engineering, University of Napoli Federico II, Napoli, Italy) 
The goal of this research was to study the political strategies utilized in the context of E-Learning. The research is based on the E-Learning Political Strategies (ELPoS) model. The model is based on two dimensions: (1) the direction of the political strategy (upward or downward) and (2) the scope of the political strategy (individual or group based). The model assumes that the interaction between these dimensions will define four different types of E-Learning political strategies, which, in turn, will lead to different outcomes. The model is presented in the context of the literature on E-Learning and is accompanied with four short case studies that demonstrate its political strategies. The discussion and conclusions section integrates the findings from the case studies and outlines the rules that govern the utilization of political E-Learning strategies in different organizational contexts. 
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For full copies of the above articles, check for this issue of the International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP) in your institution's library. This journal is also included in the IGI Global aggregated "InfoSci-Journals" database: www.igi-global.com/isj . 

Mission of IJEP: 
The mission of the International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP) is to define and expand the boundaries of e-politics as an emerging area of inter-disciplinary research and practice by assisting in the development of e-politics theories and empirical models. The journal creates a venue for empirical, theoretical, and practical scholarly work on e-politics to be published, leading to sharing of ideas between practitioners and academics in this field. IJEP contributes to the creation of a community of e-politics researchers by serving as a “hub” for related activities, such as organizing seminars and conferences on e-politics and publication of books on e-politics. 
Indices of IJEP: 

    * Bacon's Media Directory 
    * DBLP 
    * Google Scholar 
    * INSPEC 
    * JournalTOCs 
    * MediaFinder 
    * Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS International) 
    * The Index of Information Systems Journals 
    * The Standard Periodical Directory 
    * Ulrich's Periodicals Directory 
    * Worldwide Political Abstracts (WPSA) 

Coverage of IJEP: 
The International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP) focuses on three major topic areas: the politics of information technology function and its role within organizations, the politics of virtual communities and social networking communities, and the role that electronic media plays in community activism and party politics at the local, national, and international levels. Within these major areas, specific topics of interest to be discussed in the journal include (but are not limited to) the following: 

    * E-voting and electronically enabled e-government 
    * Impact of globalization on the political role played by the IT unit within organizations 
    * Impact of race and gender on electronically enabled political manipulations 
    * Party politics and social activism 
    * Politics of diffusion of change within organizations 
    * Politics of social networking communities, including: learning communities, customers' communities, e-dating communities, gaming communities, support group communities, etc. 
    * Politics of the IT function and role in organizations 
    * Politics of virtual communities and social networking communities 
    * Politics of geographically based virtual communities 
    * Use of electronic media for surveillance manipulation and harassment 
    * Use of electronic media in industrial and labor relations 
    * Utilization of electronic media for governance and politicking at the municipal, state, national, and international levels 
    * Utilization of electronic media for political debate, information sharing, political decision making, and fundraising 

Interested authors should consult the journal's manuscript submission guidelines www.igi-global.com/calls-for-papers/international-journal-politics-ijep/1147 


Celia Romm Livermore (PhD) 
International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP) 
Wayne State University 
Detroit, MI, 48202, USA 
ak1667 at wayne.edu 

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