Parliament-citizen Communication in Terms of Local Self-government and Their use of Social Media in the European Union

  • Tina Tomazic University of Maribor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Katja Udir Mišič University of Maribor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciece
Keywords: social media, government, parliaments, citizen parcitipation, local self-government


The purpose of this paper is to examine the role of the Parliament and citizen participation in the context of social media in contemporary society, and what role they play in Parliament-citizen communication in terms of local self-government. The paper also reports the state-of-the-art about the existence and use of social media on the websites of Parliaments of the Member States of the European Union. 57% of Parliaments of the Member States of the European Union who responded to the present survey which was conducted in 2016, use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, video streaming, calendar and notification via RSS (Rich Site Summary). The results are particularly important for further research within local self-government of each of the Member States of the European Union, for providing  better conditions for improving Parliament-citizen communication.


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