Social Media and Political Participation: Are Facebook, Twitter and YouTube Democratizing Our Political Systems?


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Effing, Robin and Hillegersberg van, Jos and Huibers, Theo (2011) Social Media and Political Participation: Are Facebook, Twitter and YouTube Democratizing Our Political Systems? In: Electronic participation : third IFIP WG 8.5 international conference, ePart 2011, Delft, The Netherlands, August 29 – September 1, 2011 : proceedings. Lecture notes in computer science, 6847 . Springer, Berlin, pp. 25-35. ISBN 9783642233326

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Abstract:This paper presents the results of a literature review in regard to Social
Media and participation. Besides that, to understand the meaning and impact
of Social Media on elections, we show field results from the 2010 and
2011 elections in the Netherlands. There are several challenges when it comes
to engaging people in party politics. The current findings in literature show us
that previous efforts to shape public participation with prior Internet tools did
not meet expectations. With Social Media this could change, because participation
seems to be the key concept that explains the difference between ‘old’ web
and ‘new’ Social Media. In the Netherlands, Social Media did not significantly
influence voting behaviour during the local elections (2010/2011). But, during
the national elections (2010), politicians with higher Social Media engagement
got relatively more votes within most political parties. In conclusion, we propose
a future research agenda to study how political parties could benefit from
Social Media to reinvent and improve the way they work with their members
and volunteers.
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Management and Governance (SMG)
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Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/publications/78331
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-23333-3_3
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