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Blogging in the shadow of parties: collectivism and individualism in the Swedish 2010 election
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7291-2875
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5485-8577
2011 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Blogging is an increasingly important practice in election campaigns, showing interesting variations across contexts. Recent research has shown that the adoption and use of blogs is strongly shaped by national institutional settings, that is, the different roles given to political parties. However, intra-national differences in the practice of political blogging are yet to be explained. This article investigates the variation in usage of blogs in electoral campaigns in Sweden, a country characterized by strong political parties and a party-centered form of representative democracy. The central argument of this article is that blogs are utilized in different ways by different parties. Just as blogging is shaped by how institutions support persons or parties, we propose that political blogging is shaped by party affiliation and ideological positions on individualism and collectivism. The empirical analysis, based on a survey among over 600 blogging politicians, confirms that ideological positions towards individualism and collectivism have a great impact on the uptake and usage of political blogs, portraying political blogging as a strongly ideologically situated practice of political communication.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011.
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-19779OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-19779DiVA, id: diva2:446880
Conference
ECPR Joint Sessions, April 12-17 2011, St Gallen, Switzerland
Available from: 2011-10-10 Created: 2011-10-10 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Covering distance: essays on representation and political communication
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Covering distance: essays on representation and political communication
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Political representatives’ democratic legitimacy rests on their ability to cover the distance between themselves and citizens. Representatives must avoid being perceived as distant and aloof from the needs and wishes of those they represent. The aim of this thesis is to increase the understanding of how new forms of communication with citizens, through participatory initiatives as well as political blogging, are used by politicians in their roles as representatives. Underlying this aim is the question of whether new forms of communication can contribute to reducing the distance between representatives and citizens. The central argument of this thesis is that such types of communication aid representative democracy only to the extent that they offer representatives efficient channels for performing functions related to political representation.

This study presents a theoretical framework that identifies potential functions of communication between representatives and citizens for political representation. Its empirical analyses, presented in five articles, find that representatives widely communicate with citizens through participatory initiatives and political blogging to aid their roles as political representatives. Furthermore, results show that representatives’ communication is significantly determined by strategic, practical, and normative factors. The representatives are found to act strategically as communication practices are adapted to accommodate their particular situations, needs and normative orientations. Keywords:

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro universitet, 2013. p. 112
Series
Örebro Studies in Political Science, ISSN 1650-1632 ; 33
Keywords
political representation, political communication, participatory initiatives, political blogging
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-32019 (URN)978-91-7668-983-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-12-20, Hörsal F, Forumhuset, Örebro universitet, Fakultetsgatan 1, 701 82 Örebro, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2013-10-15 Created: 2013-10-15 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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