Research Committee (RC) 10 – Electronic Democracy
International Political Science Association
July 2021

Research Opportunities
Call for participation in the Research Committee on Migration
As part of the execution of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was signed between IPARN foundation, India and The Migration Institute of Finland (Siirtolaisuusinstituutti), IPARN Foundation is constituting a Research Committee on Migration to study the migration issues in developing countries of Asia and transnational migration between Finland and Asia.

Scholars and Researchers who are interested in joining this research committee are requested to send their CV, cover letter and at-least three published research publications to the IPARN Foundation Chairman through email at:
Interested Academic/Researcher Prerequisites:

  • Must have a Ph.D. or a D.M. degree.
  • Must be employed in any academic institution or research organization.
  • Must have relevant publication in reputed journals on Migration.
  • Must have demonstrated evidence of superior academic and professional achievement.


Suitable profiles will be contacted by the IPARN Foundation, India for a face-to-face interview through the Internet.

IPARN Foundation (Integrated Policy and Administrative Research Networking Foundation) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of scientific research and exchange of knowledge in the field of Public Policy and Public Administration, and its ecosystem, and to contribute to its national and international development. To learn more about IPARN Foundation, visit:


Recent Publications

Ahonen, P., & Erkkilä, T. (2020). Transparency in algorithmic decision-making: Ideational tensions and conceptual shifts in Finland. Information Polity, 25(4), 419–432.

LaCombe, Scott, Caroline J. Tolbert and Karen Mossberger.  (2021) “Information and Policy Innovation in U.S. States,” Political Research Quarterly.

Lev-On, Azi, and Rosenberg, Hananel. (2021). Mobile applications in local government. Electronic Government, 17(2), 183-198.

Lev-On, Azi, and Steinfeld, Nili. (2020). "Objection, your honor": Use of social media by civilians to challenge the criminal justice system. Social Science Computer Review, 38(3), 315-333.

Lev-On, Azi, and Yavetz, Gal. (2020). Police in social media: To protect and share? First Monday, 26(1).

Mossberger, Karen and Caroline J. Tolbert. (2021). “Digital Citizenship and Digital Communities:  How Technology Matters for Individuals and Communities.” International Journal of E-Planning Research 10 (3).  Open access.

Mossberger, Karen, Caroline J. Tolbert and Scott LaCombe. Measuring Digital Entrepreneurship at the Grassroots:  What Role Will It Play in Community Resilience?  Kauffman Foundation, article for Big Data Directions in Entrepreneurship Research.

Sabag Ben-Porath, Chen, Lev-On, Azi, and Lehman-Wilzig, Sam. (2020). Silent partners: How politicians’ Facebook communication with constituents is mediated, and why it matters. Politics and Policy, 48(3), 550-569.

Shayo, Deodatus Patrick (2021). Doing old things in a new way? Technology and crowdsourced observation in the 2015 Tanzanian election. Scientific African, 11, e00661

Shayo, Deodatus Patrick (2021). Citizen Participation in Local Government Elections in the Age of Crowdsourcing: Explorations and Considerations in Tanzania. Program on Governance and Local Development Working Paper No. 47

This working paper was supported by the research grant from the Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD), Department of Political Science, at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. 

Yigitcanlar, T., Corchado, J. M., Mehmood, R., Li, R. Y. M., Mossberger, K., & Desouza, K. (2021). Responsible Urban Innovation with Local Government Artificial Intelligence (AI): A Conceptual Framework and Research Agenda. Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity, 7(1), 71. Open access.


Mossberger, Karen, Caroline J. Tolbert and Scott LaCombe (August 2021). Choosing the Future:  Technology and Opportunity in Communities.  New York:  Oxford University Press.

  • Digital information drives participation in politics, the economy, and society. Yet great disparities exist as to which communities have access to the internet. While previous studies have examined the impacts of broadband infrastructure, they have indicated little about the extent to which local populations can afford and use the technology. Moreover, there has been limited scientific evidence on how broadband adoption matters for collective benefits. Including new data on broadband subscriptions from 2000-2017, and comprehensive analysis for U.S. states, counties, metros, cities, and neighborhoods, Choosing the Future argues that broadband use in the population is a form of digital human capital that benefits communities as well as individuals.

    Broadband has a causal impact across all types of communities--for economic prosperity, growth, income, employment, and policy innovation. Yet there are urban neighborhoods and rural counties where as little as one-quarter of the population has a broadband subscription, even when mobile is included. As we build "smart" cities and communities, as economies and jobs continue to experience rapid change, and as more information and services migrate online, it is communities with widespread broadband use that will be best positioned for inclusive innovation, with the digital human capital to thrive.

Musiał-Karg, M., & Luengo, Ó. G. (2021). Digitalization of Democratic Processes in Europe: Southern and Central Europe in Comparative Perspective. Springer Nature.

  • This book explores the digital transformations of democracy and democratic societies. It examines the various challenges posed by these transformations in the context of political practice and to theoreticians of democracy and political communication. The authors present studies from different countries, related to various effects of digitalization processes. Topics covered include, but are not limited to: Innovation in civil society research, new forms of civic participation, new dimensions of democratization and local governance processes, political changes and public participation, civic and political activities, political campaigning or other phenomenon driven by the implementation of information and communications technology (ICT) into politics. Therefore, the book is a must-read for all scholars and researchers of political science, practitioners, and policy-makers, interested in a better understanding of digital politics, digitalization processes, and democracy in general.