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Online political communication strategies: MEPs e-representation and self-representation

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Research into the communication strategies of legislators has a long history. The European Parliament offers an opportunity to add to understanding of how legislators prioritise styles of communication, with a comparative perspective across twenty-seven nations. Through content analysis of online communication we investigate how the Internet is used by MEPs. Our analysis assesses three communication strategies: homestyle, impression management and participatory. We find that a homestyle strategy predominates followed by impression management. Participatory communication is emergent, but may earn legislators political capital as it appears that proactive communicators who offer participatory opportunities are more likely to build an online following.
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hal-00920217 , version 1 (18-12-2013)

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Darren Lilleker, Karolina Koc-Michalska. Online political communication strategies: MEPs e-representation and self-representation. Journal of Information Technology and Politics, 2013, 10 (2), pp.190-207. ⟨10.1080/19331681.2012.758071⟩. ⟨hal-00920217⟩

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