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[Commlist] Call for Papers - Italian Political Science Society Conference / topic: Digital Platforms in Political Parties

Tue Mar 19 16:43:34 GMT 2019

in case you are interested, you may find attached below the Call for Paper(topic: Digital Platforms in Political Parties) for the forthcoming Italian Political Science Society Conference, which will be hosted by the University of Salento, Lecce, next September.

Kind regards,

Davide ((dvittori /at/ <mailto:(dvittori /at/>)

Italian Political Science Society (SISP) Conference (

*12-14 September University of Salento, Lecce.*

*The deadline for paper submissions is 19 MAY 2019.*

Paper proposals can be uploaded on the SISP website ( ;).

Successful applicants will be contacted soon after the deadline by SISP convenors.

/Call for Papers:/

*A Fourth Face of Party Organization? The Role of Digital Platforms in Political Parties*

*Digital platforms* (as Rousseau for the Five Star Movement or Participa for Podemos or non-proprietary software like Liquid Feedback or Loomio) have recently been introduced by several political parties and movements as instruments of funding, internal communication and decision making.

*This panel seeks to stimulate original contributions and reflections on this emerging phenomenon*. Although contributions on all cases and countries are welcome, we are particularly interested in deepening our knowledge of specific case-studies beyond Southern Europe.

The papers should possibly focus on the following topics:

- /how online platforms are built/ (e.g. types of software, ownership, developers);

- /the functions of online platforms/ (e.g. internal debate, candidate recruitment, definition of the party manifesto, votes on strategic political decisions, fundraising, etc.);

- /how effectively online platforms are used /(e.g. longitudinal analysis concerning data on users' engagement);

-/ affordances of online platforms/ (e.g. whether they allow horizontal or only vertical interactions, who is entitled to set the agenda, etc.);

- /effects on party organization/ (e.g. empowering members, strengthening leaders, preventing or strengthening territorial rooting, etc.);

- /relationships between online and offline processes/ (e.g. different weights given to electronic membership and traditional membership).

At this stage, mapping the spread and different uses of online platforms is the main focus of the panel. *Case-studies and comparative papers are equally acceptable. All methodological approaches are welcome.*

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