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Thanks for (Actually) Responding! How Citizen Demand Shapes Politicians’ Interactive Practices on Twitter

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Social media are frequently touted for their potential to strengthen democratic processes by bringing politicians and citizens into direct dialog with one another. But is this potential being realized? Previous research has concentrated on the politicians’ side of communication processes. This study, in contrast, highlights the impact of citizen demand for politicians’ attention, arguing that politicians’ choice about when and how to engage citizens interactively is conditioned by both the volume and character of requests they receive for such engagement. Using an original dataset comprising the Twitter activity of randomly sampled members of the lower legislative houses in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and United States, as well as all tweets directed at these legislators during the latter half of October 2013, this study demonstrates that citizen demand plays a crucial role in determining the presence, as well as the extent, of politicians’ reciprocal engagement with members of the public.
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Tromble, Rebekah. "Thanks for (Actually) Responding! How Citizen Demand Shapes Politicians’ Interactive Practices on Twitter" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ICA's 66th Annual Conference, Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk, Fukuoka, Japan, Jun 09, 2016 <Not Available>. 2016-12-09 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1105754_index.html>

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Tromble, R. , 2016-06-09 "Thanks for (Actually) Responding! How Citizen Demand Shapes Politicians’ Interactive Practices on Twitter" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ICA's 66th Annual Conference, Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk, Fukuoka, Japan Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2016-12-09 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1105754_index.html

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Abstract: Social media are frequently touted for their potential to strengthen democratic processes by bringing politicians and citizens into direct dialog with one another. But is this potential being realized? Previous research has concentrated on the politicians’ side of communication processes. This study, in contrast, highlights the impact of citizen demand for politicians’ attention, arguing that politicians’ choice about when and how to engage citizens interactively is conditioned by both the volume and character of requests they receive for such engagement. Using an original dataset comprising the Twitter activity of randomly sampled members of the lower legislative houses in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and United States, as well as all tweets directed at these legislators during the latter half of October 2013, this study demonstrates that citizen demand plays a crucial role in determining the presence, as well as the extent, of politicians’ reciprocal engagement with members of the public.


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The Social Media Logic of Political Interaction: Exploring Citizens’ and Politicians’ Relationship on Facebook and Twitter


 
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