Top-down, Non-inclusive and Non-egalitarian

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Abstract

Social media are relatively new channels of communication between members of parliament and constituents. This study uses automatic analysis to produce a birds-eye-view of the content uploaded to Facebook pages of all MPs during an entire term of parliament. The findings demonstrate that the MP-Facebook sphere is non-egalitarian, in that it follows skewed distributions of post publication and engagement between MP pages; not-inclusive, in that pages of coalition members receive much more engagement in comparison to pages of members of the oppositions; and 'top-down', in that posts by pages receive dramatically more engagement then posts by users, suggesting MPs' ability to set the agenda manifest in their pages, and users' extremely limited ability to do so. These phenomena occur not just in routine periods but during emergency periods as well, when the scope of posting by users, and engagement with posts, significantly increase.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research
Subtitle of host publicationGovernance in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, dg.o 2019
EditorsYu-Che Chen, Fadi Salem, Anneke Zuiderwijk
Pages254-264
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781450372046
DOIs
StatePublished - 18 Jun 2019
Event20th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research: Governance in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, dg.o 2019 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 18 Jun 201920 Jun 2019

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Conference

Conference20th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research: Governance in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, dg.o 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates
CityDubai
Period18/06/1920/06/19

Keywords

  • Big Data Analysis
  • E-parliament
  • Engagement
  • Facebook
  • Political Communication
  • Political Discourse
  • Social media

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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