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Internet politics beyond the digital divide. A comparative perspective on political parties online across political systems

Calderaro, Andrea 2014. Internet politics beyond the digital divide. A comparative perspective on political parties online across political systems. In: Patrut, Bogdan and Patrut, Monica eds. Social Media in Politics: Case Studies on the Political Power of Social Media, New York: Springer, pp. 3-17. (10.1007/978-3-319-04666-2)

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Abstract

The Digital Divide has been considered key to understanding the relation between Internet and politics. However, today the use of the Internet is following a normalization trend and new country contextual factors must be taken into consideration in explaining the unequal use of the Internet in politics. This study focuses on the unequal presence of political parties online across political systems. By combining multiple sources, this study explores the relation between the unequal online presence of political parties in 190 countries, and country-contextual factors, including level of Digital Divide, and economic and democratic indicators. Here, the empirical findings resize the relation of causality between the Digital Divide and the use of the Internet for politics. They highlight that democratic status, among various other country-contextual specificities, is the strongest contextual factor in determining the unequal use of the Internet in politics for political parties.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Uncontrolled Keywords: Internet and international politics • Digital divide • Democracy • Comparativism in internet studies • Political systems
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783319046655
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 May 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 09:08
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/90939

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