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Social Media and Political Accountability

Bridging the Gap between Citizens and Politicians

Authors: Ceron, Andrea

  • Contributes to debates surrounding the role of social networks in enhancing politicians' accountability and the responsiveness of the political system 
  • Assesses the extent to which the offline behaviour of politicians may be inferred from the social media content
  • Analyses the relationship between voters and political elites and how this can be strengthened
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About this book

This book illustrates how social media platforms enable us to understand everyday politics and evaluates the extent to which they can foster accountability, transparency and responsiveness. The first part focuses on accountability and tests whether the offline behavior of politicians is consistent with their online declarations, showing that textual analysis of politicians’ messages is useful to explain phenomena such as endorsements, party splits and appointments to cabinet. The second part concerns responsiveness. By means of sentiment analysis, it investigates the shape of the interaction between citizens and politicians determining whether politicians’ behavior is influenced by the pressure exerted on social media both on policy and non-policy issues. Finally, the book evaluates whether a responsive behavior is successful in restoring online political trust, narrowing the gap between voters and political elites. The book will be of use to students, scholars and practitioners interested in party organization, intra-party politics, legislative politics, social media analysis and political communication, as well as politicians themselves.

About the authors

Andrea Ceron is Assistant Professor at Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy, and co-founder of Voices from the Blogs Ltd, a University spin-off that analyzes social media. He has published articles in the British Journal of Political Science, European Journal of Political Research, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, New Media & Society, Information Sciences, and Party Politics.

Reviews

“Within the growing literature on communication technologies and politics, this book stands out as an extraordinarily lucid analysis of the impact of social media on political accountability, intra-party competition, and policy-making. The use of cutting-edge text analysis methods illuminates the potential of “sentiment democracy”, opening exciting new paths for future research.” (Dr. Pablo Barberá, University of Southern California, USA

“This is the book to read if you want to go beyond the hype and the gloom about social media’s contribution to contemporary democracies. Andrea Ceron asks theoretically important and original questions, and answers them with an impressive assemblage of original and compelling studies conducted with cutting-edge methods.” (Dr. Cristian Vaccari, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Social Media, Political Institutions and the Principal–Agent Dilemma

    Ceron, Andrea

    Pages 1-23

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  • Research Design and Methods

    Ceron, Andrea

    Pages 25-44

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  • Endorsements in Primary Elections

    Ceron, Andrea

    Pages 45-64

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  • Ministerial Selection: Twitter as a Signal?

    Ceron, Andrea

    Pages 65-87

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  • Parliamentary Behavior: Rebels and Switchers

    Ceron, Andrea

    Pages 89-103

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Buy this book

eBook 83,29 €
price for Italia (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-52627-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 103,99 €
price for Italia (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-52626-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover 103,99 €
price for Italia (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-84949-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Social Media and Political Accountability
Book Subtitle
Bridging the Gap between Citizens and Politicians
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-52627-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-52627-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-52626-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-84949-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 236
Number of Illustrations
11 b/w illustrations
Topics