Wired Voters: The Effects of Internet Use on Voters’ Electoral Uncertainty

Sudulich, Laura, Wall, Matthew, Baccini, Leonardo (2015) Wired Voters: The Effects of Internet Use on Voters’ Electoral Uncertainty. British Journal of Political Science, 45 (4). pp. 853-881. ISSN 0007-1234. (doi:10.1017/S0007123413000513)

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Abstract

This article examines whether voters’ use of the internet as a source of political news affects the extent to which they are certain of their vote choice in national-level elections. It employs data pertaining to the 2011 general election in Ireland, linking geographical information on broadband coverage with individual-level public opinion data from the 2011 Irish National Election Study. The resultant dataset allows the adoption of a quasi-experimental approach in our examination of the effects of online political newsgathering on voters’ electoral uncertainty. Implementing instrumental variables, the study finds consistent evidence of a causal relationship between the use of the internet as a source of political information and increased levels of political uncertainty among voters, ceteris paribus. These findings are robust to a range of model specifications and alternative operationalizations of dependent and independent variables.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1017/S0007123413000513
Subjects: J Political Science
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Laura Sudulich
Date Deposited: 18 May 2016 11:07 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:22 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/55507 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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