Electoral campaigning 2.0 : the case of it regional elections
Title: Electoral campaigning 2.0 : the case of it regional elections
Citation: Journal of information technology and politics, 2013, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 223-240
This article investigates the use of social media by the 53 candidates for governor at the last it regional elections in April 2010 and further explores the two hypotheses on the role of online technologies for political parties - the 'politics as usual' and the 'equalization' hypotheses - which begin from two different points of view : first, regional elections, and second, the candidate's appropriation, negotiation, or resistance to the convergence and participatory culture distinctive of the contemporary media ecology. The aim of this article is to address the following research questions : (a) Which are the different degrees of appropriation of convergence and participatory culture among it candidates during the 2010 regional elections according to political parties' dimension in terms of members, voters and resources?; and (b) Are different degrees of appropriation of convergence and participatory culture positively associated with political parties dimensions?.
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