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An online electoral connection? How electoral systems condition representatives’ social media use

Obholzer, Lukas and Daniel, William T. (2016) An online electoral connection? How electoral systems condition representatives’ social media use. European Union Politics, 17 (3). pp. 387-407. ISSN 1465-1165

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1465116516630149

Abstract

This article analyses the impact of electoral institutions on the re-election campaigning and outreach strategies of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on the Twitter social media platform. Social media offers politicians a means to contact voters remotely and at low cost. We test the effect of diverse national proportional representation electoral institutions in European elections on a possible online electoral connection. We draw upon an original dataset of MEP Twitter activity before, during, and after the 2014 European elections. Our results confirm that variation in electoral institutions leads to meaningful differentiation in MEP social media campaigning, which is further affected by national party, voter and MEP characteristics. MEPs make constructive use of Twitter, but there is no sustained online electoral connection.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://eup.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Departments > Government
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2016 15:48
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2019 02:52
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/64961

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