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ECPR 50th Anniversary Fund

Networked Publics during the 2019 European Parliamentary Elections

Social Media
Big Data
European Parliament
Panel Number
Panel Chair
Gabriella Szabo
Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Panel Co-Chair
Marc Esteve Del Valle
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Panel Discussant
Marc Esteve Del Valle
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

07/09/2019 09:00 - 10:40
Building: (Building C) Faculty of Law, Administration & Economics Floor: 4th floor Room: 403
The panel seeks to examine the interplay between social networks and the 2019 European parliamentary elections by employing a cross-disciplinary approach. Papers map out the networked communication flows (e.g. density of interactions, the centrality of actors, and distribution of connections) that took place during the 2019 European Parliamentary Elections. The panel aims to reflect on the challenges of access to a plurality of information on online spaces. For instance, social media can facilitate the flow of information and opinions between citizens, journalists and politicians but they can also sharpen political arguments among these actors and by doing so polarize the electorate.

We discuss empirical research and theoretically-driven contributions aiming to understand political interactions in networked spaces. Indeed, we discuss methodologically innovative ways that can expand our knowledge on networked publics in the context of political campaigns. We investigate the focus on measuring both individual and structural patterns of interaction. The panel contributes to the identification of central actors and dominant arguments, i.e. hubs of communication, and to the exploration of social emergence of such centrality in contemporary political discourses.

There is also a pressing need to analyse the main specificities of social media platforms in cross-border campaign activities. We discuss comparative researches on online deliberation, virality, topic salience, and online influence during the 2019 EP campaign.

Paper List

Title Details
Populist Strategies in Networked Communication. Poland, Romania and Slovakia Compared View Paper Details
Reconquest 2.0: Spanish Right-Wing Populism and National Historical Narrative during the 2019 Spanish and European Elections View Paper Details
Transnational Media – Transnational Actors and Issues? How Transnational Media Outlets Report about the European Parliament Election View Paper Details
Twitter as a Space for Political Discussion: The Case of Poland and the European Parliament Election in 2019 View Paper Details
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