The research underlying this paper has been partially supported by Deutsche Telekom AG and the Leibniz Gemeinschaft. Comments by Stefan Bauernschuster, Oliver Falck, Tobias Kretschmer, Guido Schwerdt, Joachim Winter and Ludger Woessmann are gratefully acknowledged.
Broadband Internet and Political Participation: Evidence for Germany
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© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Volume 65, Issue 1, pages 31–52, February 2012
How to Cite
Czernich, N. (2012), Broadband Internet and Political Participation: Evidence for Germany. Kyklos, 65: 31–52. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6435.2011.00526.x
- Issue online: 25 JAN 2012
- Version of Record online: 25 JAN 2012
Previous studies found the introduction of the today well established media radio and television to affect political participation. This paper evaluates the effect of the relatively recent introduction of a new medium, broadband internet. OLS results suggest a positive association between DSL availability and voter participation across German municipalities. However, the roll-out of DSL networks is not random. The paper exploits the fact that DSL availability depends on a municipality's distance to the nearest interconnection point to the existing voice-telephony network. Instrumental-variable results using this distance to predict DSL availability confirm the effect of DSL availability on voter participation.