From Emerging to Established?

A Comparison of Twitter Use during Swedish Election Campaigns in 2010 and 2014

Authored by: Anders Olof Larsson , Hallvard Moe

The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics

Print publication date:  December  2015
Online publication date:  December  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138860766
eBook ISBN: 9781315716299
Adobe ISBN: 9781317506560


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Much as with the Internet during the 1990s, it is often suggested that social media services such as Twitter provide novel arenas for communication about political issues, in addition to contact between citizens and politicians (e.g. Chadwick, 2008). Indeed, a great deal of scholarship has examined the supposed parliamentary-political potentials of Twitter, and most research has been fashioned as single country or election case studies. While these foci can certainly provide the level of in-depth results necessary to grasp the initial tendencies of the adoption new media platforms, the need for comparative work across political elections is apparent (e.g. Bruns and Stieglitz, 2012).

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