Internet e partecipazione politica nelle elezioni italiane e francesi

Author/s Cristian Vaccari
Publishing Year 2008 Issue 2009/1 Language Italian
Pages 26 P. 43-68 File size 204 KB
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Internet and political participation in Italian and French elections Contemporary Western parties are often said to be facing a legitimacy crisis, which most scholars attribute to a weakening of party on the ground structures and activities. However, the development of various internet-based participatory tools and applications could incrementally help parties to overcome this problem and partially restore their democratic legitimacy. This article explores these issues through a comparative quantitative analysis of Italian and French parties’ websites in the 2006 and 2007 elections. Results highlight a noticeable difference in the use of participatory tools, which is more common in French than in Italian websites, especially with respect to online resource mobilization. Moreover, significant disparities emerge in both countries among parties of different ideological orientations, as progressive parties’ websites are significantly more participation-oriented than those of communist, centrist, conservative, and radical-right ones. Keywords: Electoral Campaigns; Political Parties’ Websites; Participatory Tools; Italy and France.

Cristian Vaccari, Internet e partecipazione politica nelle elezioni italiane e francesi in "PARTECIPAZIONE E CONFLITTO" 1/2009, pp 43-68, DOI: