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Interest Group Activism on the Web: The Case of Environmental Organizations (ICPSR 28662)
Principal Investigator(s): Merry, Melissa K., University of Louisville
This study evaluates interest group activity on the Internet, addressing two sets of questions. First, has the Internet allowed small or poorly-funded groups to compete equally with well-resourced organizations? Second, to what extent do group characteristics explain their online activities? Using a sample of 200 environmental groups, this study evaluates which Web sites receive the most exposure and identifies features facilitating information dissemination and public participation. The results indicate that well-resourced groups receive greater Web site traffic and inbound links and are more likely to use all Web site features. Additionally, membership organizations are more likely than non-membership organizations to fund-raise and issue action alerts.
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Merry, Melissa K. Interest Group Activism on the Web: The Case of Environmental Organizations. ICPSR28662-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-01-27. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR28662.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR28662.v1
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: Internet, organizations, public interest groups
Geographic Coverage: United States
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Original ICPSR Release: 2011-01-27
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