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How, Why and with Whom Do Local Politicians Engage on Facebook?

Abstract : This article focuses on how, why and with whom local politicians engage on Facebook. Based on a literature review of the public sphere, eParticipation and research related to social media, we propose a theoretical framework that identifies thematic areas integral to understanding the nature of political participation. The explanatory potential of our ‘ENGAGE’ model (Exchange, Narcissist, Gather, Accented, General and Expense) is exemplified by conducting a qualitative case study focusing on politicians in a local municipality in southern Norway. The findings indicate various uses of Facebook among the respondents, and a dissonance between what the politicians state as being important (engaging in dialogue with citizens) and what they really do (posting statements). We conclude our paper by discussing the use and usefulness of our proposed model, and by summarising how, why and with whom local politicians use social media.
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Eirik Rustad, Øystein Sæbø. How, Why and with Whom Do Local Politicians Engage on Facebook?. 5th International Conference on Electronic Participation (ePart), Sep 2013, Koblenz, Germany. pp.69-79, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-40346-0_7⟩. ⟨hal-01491232⟩

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