Can the internet promote democracy? A cross-country study based on dynamic panel data models

Ali Pirannejad

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Abstract

In the age of information revolution, information and communication technologies are penetrating all levels of societies and are also influencing the political aspect of each country by providing some facilities such as the Internet and web technologies. Democracy, as a universal value and a political system, is also well known and has an important role in the sublimation of the human societies. This study attempts to examine the effect of Internet extension on democracy promotion by using a panel consisting of 122 countries covering the period from the year 2000 to 2014. In order to estimate the effect, and also to deal with the endogeneity and autocorrelation problems, the dynamic panel data models are employed in the study. The results of estimation models indicate that Internet extension has a significantly positive effect on democracy promotion during the period. In the end, some ideas for further research are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalInformation Technology for Development
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Democracy
  • dynamic panel data models
  • the internet

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