Dr. Stéphanie Wojcik: "Online Political Participation"

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Im Rahmen der interdisziplinären Vortragsreihe "Internet & Gesellschaft" wird Stéphanie Wojcik von der Université Paris Est einen Vortrag zum Thema "Exploring the role of online political expression for political participation. The case of the French webcampaign in 2012" halten.

Datum: Montag, 22.04.2013
Uhrzeit: 12:15 - 13.45 Uhr
Ort: Oeconomicum 0.211

Stéphanie Wojcik
Ph. D in political science; lecturer in communication studies
University of Paris Est Créteil / CEDITEC (France)
Department of political and public communication

During the last presidential campaign in France, all political parties have set up numerous online devices allowing people to take part in the campaign either online or in more traditional face-to-face modes (e.g. canvassing, meetings,...). Besides their presence on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, their campaign websites, in private spaces for which a registration is needed, provide campaign material, give advice and suggest actions so that the ideas of their candidate could be widely disseminated online or not. Political parties also proposed to their sympathizers many contents to share or to create themselves (e.g. online video, infographies, ...) or to comment broadcast events such as TV debates between candidates through the use of hashtags on Twitter. However, the ideas of a political "supply" and a "demand" are actually challenged by the development of the internet and the Web 2.0. Citizens can now contribute to the production of political discourses and to the campaigns on a more daily and intense basis. The presentation will deal with two main questions: 1. Are the tools proposed by political parties really used or would people prefer to talk politics or campaign in spaces which were not designed by political parties? 2. What is the meaning of these forms of online political expression? Are they linked with offline political participation and with positive perceptions of politics? We will be presenting some preliminary results from a survey carried out after the second ballot with French internet users who have taken part in the campaign.


Stéphanie Wojcik holds a PhD in political science (2005) and is Lecturer in information and communication sciences in the department of political and public communication at the University of Paris Est Créteil (UPEC) and member of the CEDITEC, since 2008. She previously completed a post-doctorate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Oxford (2007-2008). Her work focuses on digital practices of political participation through the study of a variety of devices (participatory budgeting, consultation procedures) in France and throughout Europe.
With Gérard Loiseau she founded in 2002 the research network “Electronic Democracy” (DEL) for which she is currently co-responsible. Since 2009, she is also vice-chair of the research committee “electronic democracy” (RC10) of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) and member of the Standing Group “Internet & Politics” of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).
Since 2008, she has participated in various collective research such as “Formats de l’expression citoyenne dans les procédures locales de concertation : Une comparaison européenne” under the scientific responsibility of Laurence Monnoyer-Smith, within the Concertation, Decision Environment 2 (2008-2011) programme of the Ministry of Ecology. She is currently involved in an international research project “inpolitics.com Strategies, contents and perceptions of the political uses of the Web during election campaigns. The case of the French Presidential election and the Quebec legislative campaign” under the scientific responsibility of Fabienne Greffet and Thierry Giasson, funded by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) and the Quebec Research Fund Society and Culture (FRQSC).
She is member of the editorial board of the journal Participations. She co-edited the book Le profane en politique. Compétences et engagements du citoyen (L’Harmattan, coll. « Logiques politiques », 2008), as well the special issue of the Réseaux journal “Parler politique en ligne” (with F. Greffet, No. 150, 2008) and the International Journal of Electronic Governance : “Users and uses of electronic governance” (with G. Moss, vol. 2, No. 4, December 2009).

She tweets on her behalf (@stephaniewojcik), and on behalf of the DEL network (@reseauDEL).