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Political Research Exchange - PRX

Political Engagement in the Web 2.0 Era: Co-Production in Election Campaigning

Civil Society
Social Media
Workshop Number
Workshop Director
Karolina Koc-Michalska
Sciences Po Paris
Workshop Co-Director
Darren Lilleker
Bournemouth University

Political engagement is at the center of political science research, especially concentrating on traditional and non-traditional web based forms of political participation. Debates are emerging surrounding new forms of participation offered by new digital wave era technologies, especially through the participatory opportunities offered by new communication platforms (such as social networks and microblogs).
The aim of the workshop is to cover both aspects of political communication: the supply side - offered by political actors and the demand side – how audiences-citizens are interacting, or indeed want to interact with political actors. The workshop will focus on key questions arising from current studies. How do political actors communicate with their supporters and adversaries within the new communication environment created by platforms allowing for wide dissemination of information? Is there an emergence of new participation patterns among citizens or do digital technologies simply reinforce existing practices? Are traditional forms of political engagement challenged by new online participatory behaviors? Have any new forms of political engagement and participation emerged or are they just replicating longstanding paradigms? If new forms of engagement or participation are emerging, how can they be defined and measured, is the division between traditional and non-traditional, offline and online artificially sustained, or do they now overlap? Alternatively, are the new online engagement possibilities attracting different groups of citizens previously excluded?
The workshop has two proposed outputs. Firstly, and immediately, there is an intention to develop an edited collection, either as a journal special issue, collection for the ECPR/Routledge series or a similar series. Dr Lilleker is series editor of the Political Communication and Campaigning Palgrave series. Secondly, we intend to develop a bid for the Horizon 2020 call to fund a research consortium.

Paper List

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Determinants of Twitter Interactions between Candidates in Multilevel Electoral Campaigns View Paper Details
Gender Differences in the Use of New Technologies: Campaigning and Engagement in the European Elections View Paper Details
Go Viral on Facebook! Interactions between Candidates and Followers on Facebook in the 2014 Hungarian General Election Campaign View Paper Details
Hashtag Wars: The Role of Social Media in Driving Participation and Engagement in Referendums View Paper Details
How to Attract Youth: An Analysis of the Czech and German General Elections 2013 View Paper Details
Politicians’ Communication Networks in the Dutch Election Campaign of 2012 View Paper Details
Redefining and Measuring Discursive Participation Online: The Case of Online Readers’ Comments View Paper Details
Size is Everything? Comparing Parties on Social Media During the 2014 Swedish Election View Paper Details
Something Old or Something New? Assessing the Impact of Traditional versus Social Media on Preference Voting View Paper Details
The Great Leveller? Comparing Citizen-Politician Engagement via Twitter in Three Countries View Paper Details
The Internet and the Europeanisation of Eurosceptic Parties: The Case of Sweden View Paper Details
The Mediatisation of Celebrity Politics through Social Media View Paper Details
To Tweet, or Not to Tweet? Analysing the Social Media Behaviour of Belgian Politicians in the 2014 Election View Paper Details
Unconventional Online Participation and Voting: Results from an Online Panel Survey View Paper Details
Unintended Effects of Co-Creation? User Engagement with Election Campaigns on Facebook in the Czech Republic View Paper Details
Web Campaigning Across Space: The Role of Context in the Development of Online Electioneering View Paper Details
What do Citizens Know About the Internet and Why Does It Matter? Technological Skills and Political Engagement in the Web 2.0 Era View Paper Details
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