publication . Thesis . 1997

The democratizing potential of the Internet in Southeast Asia

Parker, Kevin J;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jan 1997
  • Publisher: Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
This thesis argues that the Internet is likely to he a strong, positive facilitating factor for the transition to and consolidation of democracy for states in Southeast Asia. U.S. policy makers intent on promoting democracy in Southeast Asia should consider the Internet's potential as a tool for promoting democratization. A review of the existing democratization literature, coupled with quantitative analysis of the societal impact of computer networking technologies, suggests that the level of Internet connectivity is a powerful indicator of democratization. Compared to education and income, Internet connectivity provides greater statistical explanatory power in...
free text keywords: Democracy, Democratization, Internet, Southeast Asia, Malaysia, Indonesia
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