9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN18 Sociology of Communications and Media Research

2009-09-04 13:30:00 2009-09-04 15:00:00 Friday, 4 September 13:30 - 15:00 New Online Media Professionals Building AA, AA.325

Participation by internet: A Research on the Web Sites of Political Parties in Turkey

The main aim of this study is to examine the subject of the democratic participation on the role and effect of the web sites of political parties in Turkey. The current discussions on democracy show that representative democracy is in a crisis. The resolution efforts to this crisis offer new kinds of democracy models as ?deliberative democracy?, ?communicative democracy?, ?e-democracy? and so forth. In this theoretical framework, the study assumes that internet will be an important tool to enhance the ways of political participation in a democratic process. The web sites of political parties in Turkey will be included to the research in order to investigate the role and position of them in the democratic participation by comparing them with each other. For this aim, the existence of the forums, e-mail contact, discussion boards and the other communication channels in the web sites and their activeness will be analyzed and compared. All the political parties? web sites will be included in the research with disregarding their quantitative and qualitative status, because it is believed that the concept of ?participation? admits all kind of ideas and ideology have the equal value.