Susumu Shikano will present the paper "A paradox of digital innovation in political participation: Emerging new digital divides" at the upcoming annual meeting of the AK Handlungs- und Entscheidungstheorie, 23.-24. May 2019 at the University of Bremen. The paper is co-authored with Theresa Küntzler (CDM) and Taehee Kim (University of Oldenburg).
In this paper, the authors hypothesize that mere exposure to an online participation tool has a discouraging effect on internal political efficacy of citizens, which plays a crucial role in political participation. They found supporting results for their hypotheses by analyzing a panel survey with an experimental component.