The participation divide? political participation, trust in government, and E-government in Australia and New Zealand

Shaun Goldfinch, Robin Gauld, Peter Herbison

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Abstract

Drawing on 438 telephone interview surveys in Australia and 500 in New Zealand, we find evidence of a 'participation divide' where those participating in politics do so using a range of means, including electronic ones. Those less likely to participate in politics, are less likely to participate across all means measured. Those with higher levels of education and income and of European ethnicity are more likely to participate. We confirm the existence of the so-called 'digital divide' with those that use e-government means and those that do not, being stratified by education, ethnicity, income, gender and age. Contrary to our expectations we find that lower levels of trust in government are associated with higher levels of some types of participation, including e-government ones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-350
Number of pages18
JournalAustralian Journal of Public Administration
Volume68
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • E-government
  • Participation
  • Trust in government

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration

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