The Influence of Social-Media and Public Policy on Public Political Participation in Handling COVID-19 Pandemic: A Study from Indonesian Domestic and Overseas Youngsters Perspective


Public policy, social media, public political participation, Indonesia


The social media usage has notably increased during the COVID-19 pandemic as most individuals found themselves isolated and working form their homes. As a result, social media usage significantly increased around the globe. However, if the politicians are not actively involved on social media, then they could not relay information about public policies to members of the public which could potentially reduce the level of public participation in political activities. Similarly, not properly addressing and disseminating information about public policies could also reduce the participation of public in political activities. Therefore, the current study objective is to study the effect of social media vis-a-vis public policy on public political participation in handling Covid-19 pandemic in Indonesia. In pursuance of this objective, data is collected from 600 domestic and overseas youngsters of Indonesia using a convenient sampling technique which shows a 60 per cent response rate. The results show that social media is positively and significantly effect to public political participation while public policy is not positively related to public political participation. Such discoveries contribute to the existing body of literature which could help academics conduct research in future. The research can also help to the politicians to be aware of the significance of social media to increase the participation in public political activities. A number of limitations of the current research as well as future directions have been discussed in the last section of paper.