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Digital political participation is an emerging phenomenon that has attracted the attention of a great number of researchers. In most cases, digital political participation (DPP) has been treated as an independent variable in order to attempt to understand other phenomena such as, for instance, changes in offline political participation. However, empirical studies have failed to demonstrate this relationship. In this article, we try to revert this approach, as we attempt to analyse to what extent citizens' political activism can help us explain DPP in Spain. Through a factorial analysis, we organize into dimensions the different types of offline political practices and we use these dimensions as independent variables in a regression model where DPP is the dependent variable. The results obtained serve as a basis for discussing the politically innovative nature of DPP.
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Keywords: Internet and politics; digital political participation; information society; new political practices

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Complutense University of Madrid Sociology Department (III), Faculty of Economic and Business, Building III, Room 107, Somosaguas Madrid, 28223, Spain 2: Complutense University of Madrid Department of Methodology, Faculty of Psychology, Room 2106, Somosaguas Madrid, 28223, Spain

Publication date: August 1, 2013

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