The Usual Suspects? Swedish Social Media Users and Political Participation
Summary, in English
Does the mere use of social media services such as Facebook lead to new groups of citizens taking part in politics, or do we see a steady interest from the “usual suspects” of political participation research, adding new channels to exert influence? Is there a generational factor at hand, where young people, the “digital natives”, are exchanging old ways of interacting with the political system for “clicktivism” – or is the dichotomy of old and new forms of participation a false one?
This preliminary study shows that for young Swedes, social media is a more popular channel for participating than traditional forms. However, it is also clear that socio-economic factors are still important predictors for participation, online or offline.
- Institutionen för strategisk kommunikation
- Political Science
- social media
- political participation
- social network sites
ECPR 6th General Conference, 2011
2011-08-25 - 2011-08-27
- Viral politik. Politisk mobilisering i sociala medier