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[ecrea] Published: International Journal of E-Politics Vol. 6, Issue 1

Wed Mar 11 21:29:10 GMT 2015

Abstract Announcement for International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP) 6(1)
The contents of the latest issue of:
International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP)
Volume 6, Issue 1, January - March 2015
Published: Quarterly in Print and Electronically
ISSN: 1947-9131; EISSN: 1947-914X;
Published by IGI Global Publishing, Hershey, USA

Editor(s)-in-Chief: Celia Romm Livermore (Wayne State University, USA), Yasmin Ibrahim (Queen Mary, University of London, United Kingdom) Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to the International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP). All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.


Using Twitter in Political Campaigns: The Case of the PRI Candidate in Mexico

Rodrigo Sandoval-Almazan (Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM), Toluca, México)

Social media has invaded elections in Mexico. However, the power of citizens through the use of this platform is still unknown. Many citizens criticize political candidates using Twitter, others build networks and some others try to collaborate with candidates. This research is focused in understanding this kind of behavior, analyzing the case of the presidential candidate Enrique Peña Nieto (PRI) in Mexico who won the presidency with a large participation but without the support of Twitter users. After two online protests against this presidential candidate - #IamnotProletariat and #Iam132 – political image could have been undermined and voters could have thought differently. But this was not the case and despite of this, the candidate won. The challenge to understand this online protest and its link to the political campaign is addressed in this paper.

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Twitplomacy: Social Media as a New Platform for Development of Public Diplomacy

Shumin Su (Department of International Politics, School of Law and Politics, Beijing International Studies University, Beijing, China), Mark Xu (Portsmouth Business School, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK)

Social media, underpinned by mobile devices and smart-technology, is rapidly changing the way how people communicate. In the context of public diplomacy, micro-blogging-based diplomacy, e.g. Twitplomacy is emerging. Twitplomacy has been carried out by not only the central government of a state and relevant organizations, but also millions individuals globally. Twitplomacy has been seen as a new platform expanding the channels of public diplomacy. Its impact on diplomacy policy and international relations tends to be huge but too early to know and difficult to quantify. This paper uses microblogs collected from United States Embassy in China, examined the characteristics and functions of Twitplomacy, the participants and the motivation, as well as the effect of Twitplomacy. The results are insightful to both researchers and practitioners in the community of diplomacy and international relations.

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Tweeting Negative: Determinants of Negative Campaigning in the 2011 Gubernatorial Elections

Marija Anna Bekafigo (University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, USA), Allison Clark Pingley (University of South Carolina, Spartanburg, SC, USA)

The use of negative ads in traditional election campaigns has been well-documented, but the authors know little about the use of Twitter to “go negative.” They content analyze candidate tweets from four different gubernatorial elections in 2011 to understand how candidates are using Twitter. They coded 849 tweets to explain the determinants of “going negative” on Twitter. The results show that while tweets are overwhelmingly positive, candidates go negative by tweeting about policy. They believe this supports the innovation hypothesis, with Twitter being a more conducive forum for policy-based messages. Other determinants of negative campaigning such as competitiveness of the race and campaign funding were consistent with the normalization hypothesis.

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From Street Protests to Facebook Campaigns: Political Cynicism, Efficacy and Online Political Engagement of Sri Lankan Students

Chamil Rathnayake (University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, USA)

This study examines effects of political cynicism and efficacy on online political engagement of Sri Lankan undergraduates. A survey was conducted among 155 Sri Lankan undergraduates that support the views of the Inter-University Student Federation (IUSF), an evidently anti-government student movement that claims to be dedicated to protecting free education in the country. Initial analysis showed that respondents were highly cynical (mean: 4.49 on a 1 to 5 scale). The study hypothesized that both political cynicism and efficacy exert a positive impact on online political engagement of respondents. The study also tested the effects of two moderators (extent of Facebook use, and the year of study). Results showed that political cynicism exerts a positive impact (standardized coefficient:.274, p:.000) on online political engagement, and this effect is positively moderated by the extent of Facebook use (standardized coefficient:.261, p:.000). Results also showed that internal political efficacy is not a significant predictor of the dependent variable.

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For full copies of the above articles, check for this issue of the International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP) in your institution's library. This journal is also included in the IGI Global aggregated "InfoSci-Journals" database:


Mission of IJEP:

The mission of the International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP) is to define and expand the boundaries of e-politics as an emerging area of inter-disciplinary research and practice by assisting in the development of e-politics theories and empirical models. The journal creates a venue for empirical, theoretical, and practical scholarly work on e-politics to be published, leading to sharing of ideas between practitioners and academics in this field. IJEP contributes to the creation of a community of e-politics researchers by serving as a “hub” for related activities, such as organizing seminars and conferences on e-politics and publication of books on e-politics.

Indices of IJEP:

* Bacon's Media Directory
* Google Scholar
* JournalTOCs
* MediaFinder
* Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS International)
* The Index of Information Systems Journals
* The Standard Periodical Directory
* Ulrich's Periodicals Directory
* Worldwide Political Abstracts (WPSA)

Coverage of IJEP:

The International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP) focuses on three major topic areas: the politics of information technology function and its role within organizations, the politics of virtual communities and social networking communities, and the role that electronic media plays in community activism and party politics at the local, national, and international levels. Within these major areas, specific topics of interest to be discussed in the journal include (but are not limited to) the following:

* E-voting and electronically enabled e-government
* Impact of globalization on the political role played by the IT unit within organizations * Impact of race and gender on electronically enabled political manipulations
* Party politics and social activism
* Politics of diffusion of change within organizations
* Politics of social networking communities, including: learning communities, customers' communities, e-dating communities, gaming communities, support group communities, etc.
* Politics of the IT function and role in organizations
* Politics of virtual communities and social networking communities
* Politics of geographically based virtual communities
* Use of electronic media for surveillance manipulation and harassment
* Use of electronic media in industrial and labor relations
* Utilization of electronic media for governance and politicking at the municipal, state, national, and international levels * Utilization of electronic media for political debate, information sharing, political decision making, and fundraising

Interested authors should consult the journal's manuscript submission guidelines

Celia Romm Livermore (PhD)
Co-Editor-in-Chief (with Dr. Yasmin Ibrahim)
International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP)
School of Business Administration
Wayne State University - Detroit, MI, 48202, USA
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