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Does intelligence explain why nations differ in online political participation?

Azam, Sardor (2016): Does intelligence explain why nations differ in online political participation? Forthcoming in:

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Abstract

Wide use of Internet and subsequent development of e-government initiatives have lent support to the emergence of e-platforms for political engagement, a relatively new direction of participatory governance. Although determinants of citizen political participation have been at the core of theoretical and empirical discussions for quite a long time, in this research we contribute to extant literature by investigating the effect of national intelligence, as measured by Lynn and Vanhanen (2012), on the e-participation levels for 192 countries of the world. Our results suggest that higher IQ nations demonstrate higher rates of online presence in political deliberations. A number of robustness tests is undertaken to show that our findings remain intact.

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