The Effect of Government Responsiveness on Future Political Participation

When governments respond, do people become more engaged in their community?


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Frederik M Sjoberg, Jonathan Mellon, Tiago Peixoto


Assessing almost 400,000 FixMyStreet reports, this research examines whether getting a problem fixed results in citizens going on to make further reports, each of which may be seen as a contribution to their community.


Contents

  1. Abstract
  2. Introduction
  3. Efficacy, Government Responsiveness, and Participation
    1. The Calculus of Participation
    2. Hypotheses
    3. Democratic Innovation: FixMyStreet
    4. Background and History of FixMyStreet
    5. Data Description
  4. Statistical Modeling
    1. Analysis
  5. Results
    1. Short-Term Model
    2. Testing for Endogeneity
    3. The long-term impact of initial success in participation
    4. Alternative explanations
  6. Conclusions
  7. Appendices
    1. Summary Statistics
    2. Fixes Summary Statistics
    3. Robustness tests
    4. Acknowledgements
    5. References

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Sjoberg, F., Mellon, J. and Peixoto, T. (2015). The Effect of Government Responsiveness on Future Political Participation. [online] mySociety Research. Available at: http://research.mysociety.org/publications/government-responsiveness-political-participation [Accessed 14 Aug 2018].