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New parties, new media: Italian party politics and the Internet

Gibson, R, Newell, JL and Ward, SJ 2000, 'New parties, new media: Italian party politics and the Internet' , South European Society and Politics, 5 (1) , pp. 123-136.

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Abstract

UK and US-based studies have revealed certain patterns in the way parties use the World Wide Web. These patterns may or may not be repeated elsewhere. This article explores the extent to which Italian parties are exploiting the Web; the impact of the specificities of the Italian institutional context on parties' use of the new medium; the impact which the medium can be expected to have on party competition in Italy. Analysis of their websites reveals that parties use the sites more for information provision and networking than for resource generation or participation; such uses do reflect the peculiarities of the institutional setting. Larger parties' dominance of the traditional media is not unambiguously replicated in cyberspace. Therefore, although unlikely to revolutionize party competition, the Web may have a significant impact on the style of politics in Italy.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Democracy and Human Rights
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: South European Society and Politics
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1360-8746
Depositing User: Users 47901 not found.
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2011 09:07
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:01
URI: http://usir.eprints.org/id/eprint/16846

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