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FREEDOM IS A CONTINUING FACEBOOK THREAD: Movements’ Experiments with Policymaking and Participatory Democracy in the Digital Age
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The overall aim with this master thesis is to increase our understanding for how movements transform the preferences of their supporters and followers into concrete political demands by combining the research fields of policymaking and democracy within social movements. In light of this aim, the thesis examines how the Swedish #MeToo initiatives have engaged in participatory democracy while constructing policy proposals. The study has been designed as an explorative case study with 14 in-depth interviews with members of the coordination group for the #MeToo initiatives. The main finding of the study is that the coordination group has engaged in participatory democracy in several ways while constructing its policy proposals, as the policymaking process has been guided by equal status and collective decision-making. However, the interviews indicate that it existed no coherent procedure in order to include the grassroots initiatives in the policymaking process. Moreover, the thesis offers a deeper understanding for the potential challenges and opportunities connected to the policymaking process within movements and implicitly with participatory democracy in the digital age.

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2018. , p. 52
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-375627OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-375627DiVA, id: diva2:1284516
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Political Science
Educational program
Master Programme in Political Science
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Available from: 2019-02-01 Created: 2019-01-31 Last updated: 2019-02-01Bibliographically approved

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