Twitter in Politics: A Comprehensive Literature Review
University of Konstanz - Deptment of Politics and Public Administration
February 27, 2014
This literature review covers some 115 studies on the use of Twitter in politics. For this discussion, studies are grouped in three topical categories: studies addressing the use of Twitter by politicians and campaigns; studies addressing the use of Twitter by various publics during election and issue campaigns; and comments on Twitter during campaign events -- such as televised debates, party conventions, and election day coverage. I will start the review with a discussion of the theories, research designs, methods of data collection and data selection that were most common in the literature included in this review. Following this, I will provide short synopses of the included studies. I will close this working paper with a discussion of perspectives on further research.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 90
Keywords: Twitter, social media, election campaigns, literature review
Date posted: March 1, 2014