New chapter: Online voting applications. Foci, findings and future of an emerging research field

11 06 2015

Fadi Hirzalla and I have a chapter in the Handbook of Digital Politics (edited by Stephen Colemand and Dan Freelon) that just came out. While quite some research has been done since online voting advice apps emerged some ten years ago, there is no coherent body of themes, research questions and approaches yet. In the chapter we discuss research about how VAA’s are developed and what kinds of political struggles are involved (sometimes they turn into means of manipulations), who uses them and whether they help to involve the disengaged, and finally, whether they produce changes in politcal preferences. Results to date are contradictory, also because methodologies differ widely.

The Handbook of Digital Politics furthermore contains chapters about theory, government and policy, collective action, civic engagement, political talk, journalism, internet governance,

Hirzalla, F. & L. van Zoonen (2015). Online voting applications. Foci, findings and future of an emerging research field. p. 87-103 in Coleman, S. & Freelon, D. (eds). Handbook of Digital Politics, Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

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