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Signing an e-petition as a transition from lurking to participation.

  As one form of online political participation, the e-petitioning is seen as a response to a perceived decline in public trust of political institutions and the associated symptoms of political disengagement. This paper uses the psychological concepts of self-efficacy, prosocial behaviour and lurking and shows how they could be applied to e-participation, in particular in the context of the decision to sign a petition (or not). Different models are examined and some potential future research areas are identified.

  • Type:

    Book Chapter

  • Date:

    30 November 2009

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • Publisher

    Trauner

  • Library of Congress:

    JN101 Great Britain

Citation

Cruickshank, P., Edelmann, N. & Smith, C. F. (2009). Signing an e-petition as a transition from lurking to participation. In Chappellet, J., Glassey, O., Janssen, M., Macintosh, A., Scholl, J., Tambouris, E. & Wimmer, M. (Eds.). Electronic Government and Electronic Participation, 275-282. Trauner. ISBN 978-3-85499-766-5

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Keywords

Online political participation; e-petition; political disengagement; e-participation; self-efficacy;

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