An Empirical Analysis of Social Media Usage by Local Governments in Portugal

Lameiras, Mariana, Silva, Tiago and Tavares, António, "An Empirical Analysis of Social Media Usage by Local Governments in Portugal" 11th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2018), Galway, 2018/04/04-06.

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    Author Lameiras, Mariana
    Silva, Tiago
    Tavares, António
    Title An Empirical Analysis of Social Media Usage by Local Governments in Portugal
    Event Series International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV)
    Publication Date 2018-07
    Place of Publication New York
    Publisher ACM Press
    Pages 257-268
    Title of Event 11th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2018)
    Date of Event 2018/04/04-06
    Place of Event Galway
    Language eng
    Abstract Communication strategies and plans have changed with the advent and popularity of social networking sites (SNS). Possibilities for interaction and citizen engagement have become multiple and diverse and have been used by all levels of government. This paper investigates the following research question: what are the determinants of the use of Facebook by Portuguese local governments to communicate with their citizens? Our main objective is to use both descriptive and explanatory analyses to not only investigate the determinants of the activity of local governments on Facebook but also to map the activity of those governments in this social media. We use a political market framework to develop hypotheses about the influence of mayoral leadership, local government capacity, and other political traits of the local governments themselves (“supply-side determinants”) and socio demographic, economic, and cultural factors (“demand-side” determinants). We test the hypotheses derived from this theoretical framework using several metrics of the degree of Facebook activity and citizen engagement levels displayed by all 308 Portuguese municipalities in a threemonth period at the end of the year 2016. Findings indicate that in larger and wealthier municipalities local executives are more likely to display increased reliance on Facebook. Facebook post activity is also positively associated with higher transparency levels and mayoral turnover.
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    LOCAL GOVERNMENT
    Keyword Social media usage
    Citizen's engagement
    Copyright Holder ACM Press
    Copyright Year 2018
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISBN 9781450354219
    DOI 10.1145/3209415.3209503
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