Reflections and Distortions - The Electoral Impact of Social Media in Europe

The European Network of Political Foundations and the Centre for International & European Political Economy & Governance (University of the Peloponnese) have just published the book “Reflections and Distortions - The Electoral Impact of Social Media in Europe” by Panagiotis Kakolyris. 

The book explores the degree of association between the political parties' number of followers on social media and the number of votes in national elections. It, contains primary research data for the 27 European Union member states and the United Kingdom, covering the period between 2015 and 2020. 

Abstract from the book:

We usually evaluate the political role of social media by employing the "logic of the pendulum". Between the two extremes—the absolute deification and deprecation of social media—one can always find the Aristotelian medium. In no way can their power be underestimated, but we must evaluate this power on the right principles. 

You can download the book here.


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