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Hyperlinks and political communication: A comparativestudy of parties online

Ackland, R., & Gibson, R.
International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 16 (3), (S. 231-244).
2013

This study analyses hyperlink data from over 100 political parties in six countries to show how political actors are using links to engage in a new form of ‘networked communication’ to promote themselves to an online audience. We specify three types of networked communication – identity reinforcement, force multiplication and opponent dismissal – and hypothesize variance in their performance based on key party variables of size and ideological outlook. We test our hypotheses using an original comparative hyperlink dataset. The findings support expectations that hyperlinks are being used for networked communication by parties, with identity reinforcement and force multiplication being more common than opponent dismissal. The results are important in demonstrating the wider communicative significance of hyperlinks, in addition to their structural properties as linkage devices for websites.

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Ackland, R., & Gibson, R. (2013). Hyperlinks and political communication: A comparativestudy of parties online. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 16(3), 231-244.