Anders O. Larsson, Jakob Svensson: Researching Politicians Online

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#CeDEM13 Day 2 afternoon, Reflections, Main Hall, Chair: Morten Meyerhoff Nielsen

#CeDEM13 Day 2 afternoon, Reflections, Main Hall, Chair: Morten Meyerhoff Nielsen

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  • 1. Researching Politicians OnlineIdentifying Research DirectionsAnders O. LarssonUniversity of Osloa.o.larsson@media.uio.noJakob SvenssonKarlstad Universityjakob.svensson@kau.se
  • 2. Researching Politicians OnlineIdentifying Research Directions- For more than a decade scholars have shown interest inpoliticians uses of the Internet-In this reflection paper we have gauged literature on this topic andhave identified four (two) research opportunities for interestedscholars
  • 3. Researching Politicians OnlineIdentifying Research Directions1) Research should attempt to move beyond dichotomization2) Research should focus on everyday practices3) Research should focus on the micro level of study4) Research should adopt integrative approaches
  • 4. Researching Politicians OnlineIdentifying Research Directions1) Research should attempt to move beyond dichotomizationInternet optimism vs pessimismEqualization vs normalizationTechno-determinism vs Cultural determinismDeliberation vs in-group polarization2) Research should focus on everyday practicesFocus on election periods at the expense of everyday political lifeLife-politics (Giddens)Sub-politics (Beck)Mundane citizenship (Bakardjieva)
  • 5. Researching Politicians OnlineIdentifying Research Directions3) Research should focus on the micro level of studyGo beyond individual country systems (comparisons and cases)Beyond administrative, usability and accessibility studies4) Research should adopt integrative approachesMethods (Quant & Qual / Big data collections & (n)ethnographiesMedia (study online (offline) repertoires)Mundane citizenship (Bakardjieva)
  • 6. Thank You forListening !