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Title: Digital political talk and political participation: comparing established and third wave democracies
Authors: Vaccari, Cristian
Valeriani, Augusto
Keywords: Online political talk
Political participation
Social media
Mobile instant messaging platforms
Comparative politics
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: SAGE Publications © The Author(s)
Citation: VACCARI, C. and VALERIANI, A., 2018. Digital political talk and political participation: comparing established and third wave democracies. SAGE Open, 8 (2), 14pp.
Abstract: We investigate whether and how informal political talk on digital media contributes to citizens’ political participation with unique surveys based on samples representative of Internet users in seven Western democracies. We show that political talk on both social networking sites and mobile instant messaging platforms is positively associated with institutional and extra-institutional political participation. However, the relationship between talk on social networking sites and both types of participation is significantly stronger in established democracies (Denmark, France, United Kingdom, and United States) than in “third wave” democracies (Greece, Poland, and Spain). By contrast, the strength of the relationship between political talk on mobile instant messaging platforms and participation is not significantly different when comparing established and more recent democracies. These findings suggest that informal political talk on digital platforms can contribute to citizens’ participatory repertoires and that different institutional settings, in combination with different technological affordances, play an important role in shaping these patterns.
Description: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Sponsor: The research presented in this article was funded by the Italian Ministry of Education and Research under the “Future in Research” Initiative, 2013-2016 (project code RBFR12BKZH).
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1177/2158244018784986
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/34482
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/2158244018784986
ISSN: 2158-2440
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