Power, voice and e-quality: citizen political participation via social media in Nigeria

Julie Osakwe, David McGillivray

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Abstract

Extant literature has shown that media has shaped the establishment of nascent democracies. Nevertheless, there is a paucity of research which addresses the democratic significance of media in the context of developing economies. The media influences the nature and development of institutions as this is particularly evident in challenging environments plagued with an uncertain institutional framework. This paper develops suggestions by emphasizing that social media not only influences institutions but institutions may also influence media. The mainstay of this research aims to illuminate our understanding of social media influence in Nigerian politics. This research is predicated on a three step model. Firstly, we explore extant literature in understanding the role of citizen participation. Secondly, we draw on institutional and democratisation theories towards developing a conceptual framework. Finally, we surmise by examining the role media plays in shaping institutional reforms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages20-20
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2017
Event2nd Annual Research Conference of the Centre for African Research on Enterprise and Economic Development (CAREED) - University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Apr 20177 Apr 2017

Conference

Conference2nd Annual Research Conference of the Centre for African Research on Enterprise and Economic Development (CAREED)
Abbreviated titleCAREED 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityPaisley
Period6/04/177/04/17

Keywords

  • Media
  • Citizen participation
  • Democracy

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