The Role of Internet Based Platforms (IBPs) in Youth Political Participation in Zimbabwe


Authors : Tapiwanashe Hadzizi; Tellmore Makonyere

Volume/Issue : Volume 6 - 2021, Issue 6 - June

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The paper examines the heterogeneity in conceptualization of political issues across Zimbabwe in relation to youth political participation which needs more articulation especially in the era of globalization, digital technology and social media. The paper gives an in-depth analysis of the participation of young people in politics through the use of social media platforms. Their participation as active/passive supporters or opponents is worth studying. Researches on African politics is still ongoing aimed at comprehending and unpacking the conditions under which competitive authoritarian regimes administered by hegemonic parties can lose their clutch on power enabling transitions to open competitive electoral democracies in the era of social media. Therefore, this paper underscores objectively how internet based platforms have created an opportunity for young people to participate politically in Zimbabwe.

Keywords : Internet- Based- Platforms, Political Participation, Youths, Democracy

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