Does social media matter in developing democracies? Examining its impact on citizen political participation and expression in Uganda.

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Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1981
Journal / PublicationJournal of Public Affairs
Volume20
Issue number1
Online published25 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020

Abstract

This study examines the impact of citizens' use of social media for political participation and expression in developing democracies of Africa in particular Uganda. Findings from studied N = 2,400 respondents, evidenced social media does matter in the developing democracy of Uganda as the second most preferred form of media (.95 ± 2.37). Findings also showed the use of social media for political participation in persuading others to vote for a given candidate or party was positively correlated r = .043*(p value at .05), n = 2,400, and p = .035 with R2 = .002. Future studies should examine the use of social media platforms for policy implementation, civic engagement, and inclusiveness.