The internet as the »most reliable source of information« and trust in political institutions
Prof. Dr. Marc Debus talks to us about the decline in trust in political institutions and the influence of citizens' online activities and interaction with politicians on their perceptions, attitudes and behaviour.
Previous research has shown that digital media participation has a positive, albeit small, effect on political participation. While scholars have mostly focused on explaining the size of this effect, the project by Prof. Dr. Marc Debus, Prof. Dr. Harald Schoen and Dr. Rosa M. Navarrete will examine how agenda setting has changed from top-down and bottom-up through the use of digital media. Among other things, the project will analyse whether and how parties and politicians use their online participation to influence the behaviour of citizens.
The event was held in German.