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Social media for democracy – understanding the causal mechanisms of digital citizenship

Objective

Social media for democracy – understanding the causal mechanisms of digital citizenship (SoMe4Dem)

Current diagnoses that democracy is in crisis at the beginning of the 21st century share a common argumentative reference point: the (implicit) reference to the dysfunctional constitution of the political public sphere which is currently undergoing structural change. The rise of social media platforms is considered as one of its main constituents. While social media make the public arena more open and thus more responsive, these platforms also lead to new mechanisms of fragmentation and exclusion, an erosion of norms in public debate and a loss of trust in traditional institutions.

The project will reconsider the diagnoses of this crisis by (1) providing better empirical evidence for the impact of social media on society with respect to political debates, (2) understanding the main causal mechanisms of this impact and (3) developing tools that improve the capacity of social media to contribute to the functioning of the public arena in a liberal democracy, i.e. deliberation, legitimation and the self-perception of the democratic subject.

Coordinator

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Net EU contribution
€ 788 875,00
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munchen
Germany

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (7)

UNIVERSITA CA' FOSCARI VENEZIA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 259 369,00
Address
Dorsoduro 3246
30123 Venezia

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Region
Nord-Est Veneto Venezia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITAET LEIPZIG
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 210 687,50
Address
Ritterstrasse 26
04109 Leipzig

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Region
Sachsen Leipzig Leipzig
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 330 994,21
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam

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Region
West-Nederland Noord-Holland Groot-Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 313 750,00
Address
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussel

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Region
Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 338 016,00
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe

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Region
Baden-Württemberg Karlsruhe Karlsruhe, Stadtkreis
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,25
FONDATION NATIONALE DES SCIENCES POLITIQUES
France
Net EU contribution
€ 403 250,00
Address
Rue Saint Guillaume 27
75341 Paris Cedex 07

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITAET POTSDAM
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 176 318,38
Address
Am Neuen Palais 10
14469 Potsdam

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Region
Brandenburg Brandenburg Potsdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00

Partners (1)

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol

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Region
South West (England) Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol/Bath area Bristol, City of
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
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