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The use of the Internet by political parties and candidates as part of their campaign for election to the Scottish Parliament in 2007.

Marcella, Rita; Baxter, Graeme; Cheah, Shih

Authors

Rita Marcella

Graeme Baxter

Shih Cheah

Abstract

This paper reports the results of a study which investigated the use of the Internet by political parties and individual candidates as part of their campaigns for election to the Scottish Parliament in 2007. This was a comparative, follow-up study to one conducted prior to the previous Scottish Parliamentary election in 2003. Two methodologies were used in gathering data. Firstly, the content of the websites of 27 political parties and 12 individual candidates was analysed to identify the ways in which political participation by the Scottish public was encouraged via the provision of in for mation and of opportunities for interaction, debate and feedback. Secondly, a series of email enquiries, based around key policy issues, was directed at political parties and individual candidates, to measure the speed and extent of response, as well as any efforts made towards the creation of an ongoing relationship with potential voters. The results indicate that the Internet was used mainly for the dissemination of information and ideas rather than for their exchange.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Start Date Jun 25, 2007
Publication Date Jun 28, 2007
Institution Citation MARCELLA, R., BAXTER, G. and CHEAH, S. 2007. The use of the Internet by political parties and candidates as part of their campaign for election to the Scottish Parliament in 2007. Presented at the 1st Information: interactions and impact conference (i3 2007), 25-28 June 2007, Aberdeen, UK.
Keywords Internet; Political parties; Election campaigns; Scottish Parliament
Related Public URLs http://hdl.handle.net/10059/954

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