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[Commlist] IJoC Publishes a Special Section on Platform Politics in Europe

Wed Oct 30 23:31:33 GMT 2019

International Journal of Communication
Publishes a Special Section on Platform Politics in Europe

This Special Section on Platform Politics in Europe: Bridging Gaps Between
Digital Activism and Digital Democracy  brings together six original papers
plus an editorial introduction on the emerging research area of platform
On one hand, from a sociopolitical perspective, platform politics points to
the increasing use in the political arena of online participation platforms
to organize a variety of activities, including mass protests, political
campaigns, party primaries, crowdsourced lawmaking experiments, referendums,
participatory budgeting processes, and so on. On the other hand, from a
media studies perspective, platform politics suggests that the affordances
of participation platforms have a politics of their own, which precedes
their sociopolitical uses.

Guest-edited by Marco Deseriis and Davide Vittori, this Special Section
combines these two perspectives by focusing on a range of case studies which
show how European citizens utilize social media platforms and digital
democracy platforms to challenge or engage in dialogue with elected
representatives, state officials, and party elites. In this sense, platform
politics fulfills a second important bridging function, which is to bring
together two strands of scholarship that historically belong in separate
niches: the scholarship on digital democracy and the scholarship on digital
Through a range of contributions from European scholars in the fields of
media studies, sociology, political science and communication studies, this
collection of work advances our understanding of the impact of social media
platforms and digital democracy platforms on four distinct but strictly
related sociopolitical processes: political representation, deliberation,
social learning, and grassroots activism.

We invite you to read this new Special Section of seven articles in the
International Journal of Communication that published October 30, 2019.
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Platform Politics in Europe: Bridging Gaps between Digital Activism and
Digital Democracy at the Close of the Long 2010s — Introduction
Marco Deseriis, Davide Vittori

Self-Appointed Representatives on Facebook: The Case of the Belgian Citizen Platform for Refugee Support
Louise Knops, Eline Severs

Cuing Collective Outcomes on Twitter: A Qualitative Reading of Movement
Social Learning
Dan Mercea, Helton Levy

A Tale of Three Platforms: Collaboration, Contestation, and Degrees of
Audibility in a Bulgarian e-Municipality
Maria Bakardjieva

A Model for the Analysis of Online Citizen Deliberation: Barcelona Case
Study Rosa Borge Bravo, Joan Balcells, Albert Padró-Solanet

The Impact of Online Participation Platforms on the Internal Democracy of
Two Southern European Parties, Podemos and the Five Star Movement
Marco Deseriis, Davide Vittori

E-Democracy and Digital Activism: From Divergent Paths Toward A New Frame
Emiliana De Blasio, Michele Sorice

 Larry Gross                                                        Editor
 Arlene Luck
Managing Editor         Marco Deseriis, Davide Vittori
Guest Editors
International Journal of Communication (IJoC)
USC Annenberg Press
University of Southern California

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