The Theories, Concepts and Practices of Democracy

Internet Use and Protest in Malaysia and other Authoritarian Regimes

Challenging Information Scarcity

Authors: Ruijgrok, Kris

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  • Argues that social media platforms can play an important role in facilitating and protecting the circulation of alternative online political information in authoritarian cyberspace and anti-government mobilisation​
  • Combines large N- country level analyses to understand wider patterns among authoritarian regimes with an in-depth case study of Malaysia
  • Includes original interview and survey data  to empirically trace the causal mechanisms in more detail
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This book investigates the impact of internet use on anti-government protesting under authoritarian rule. By breaking up the causal chain into various steps, it provides a thorough and nuanced understanding of internet’s role in different stages of the mobilization process. It argues that the impact of internet use on anti-governmental protesting differs per step in the ‘mobilization chain’, and also that the effect depends on both the on- and offline repression of the regime, as well as on the type of internet that is available. While staying far away from any technologically deterministic claims about the internet, the book demonstrates that the internet especially plays an important role in the early stages of the mobilization process: By exposing citizens to alternative political information online, internet users are more likely to become sympathetic towards anti-governmental protest movements. 


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Kris Ruijgrok is Lecturer at the PPLE Multi-Disciplinary Institute (Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics), University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Internet Use and Protest in Malaysia and other Authoritarian Regimes
Book Subtitle
Challenging Information Scarcity
Authors
Series Title
The Theories, Concepts and Practices of Democracy
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-68325-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-68325-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-68324-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 263
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
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