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Social media and the new public sphere: consequences for citizenship and democracy

Project period 2010 - 2013
Project employer Norges forskningsråd
Project nr. 413.093
Project leader Bernard Enjolras

This project examines how new social media such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter change the conditions for participation and influence in public sphere, and analyses the consequences for citizenship and democracy.

Modern technologies enable new social practices by reducing transaction costs related to production and publication of information, and by making new
tools for coordination available.

The project focuses on the interaction between technological possibilities and the social practices that are formed through the use of technology. Our assumption is that this interaction creates new possibilities for individuals and groups, but at the same time established institutions will try to adapt to the new digital environment with the aim of strengthening their influence and position.

The project will analyse how institutional and non institutional actors use social media strategically. An evaluation of the combined effect of these efforts on how public sphere and democratic institutions and processes function will also be undertaken.


ParticipantDegree PhoneE-mail
Rune Karlsen Research Professor (20% position) PhD
Hilde Lidén Research Professor Dr. polit. +47 951 23 660
Signe Bock Segaard Senior Research Fellow PhD +47 994 28 724
Kari Steen-Johnsen Research Professor PhD +47 906 49 417
Kristin Strømsnes Professor Dr. polit
Dag Wollebæk Research Professor PhD
Ingrid Dahlen Rogstad
Tags: Elections and Democracy, Digitalization
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