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MATRIX REVOLUTIONS? An analysis of party organization and ICT use by political parties in the Republic of Ireland

Sudulich, Laura, Wall, Matthew (2010) MATRIX REVOLUTIONS? An analysis of party organization and ICT use by political parties in the Republic of Ireland. Information, Communication & Society, 13 (4). pp. 574-591. ISSN 1369-118X. (doi:10.1080/13691180903266945) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article investigates the characteristics of political parties' websites in the Republic of Ireland and seeks to evaluate whether parties' organizational structures influence the manner in which they present themselves online. Ireland has been chosen as a research environment because there is significant variation among political parties in the political system in terms of size, age, ideological coherence and organizational structure. Ireland is also an interesting test case for the evolution of politicized internet usage due to the large increase that has taken place in Information and Communications Technology availability and usage in the country over the past decade. We argue that features of internal party organization affect the nature of internet usage across political parties. Specifically, we hypothesize that parties with highly centralized and hierarchical organizational structures will be less likely to have interactive features on their websites than parties with less centralized organizational structures. The dependent variable in this study is the extent of interactive content on parties' websites and is constructed through an empirical analysis of parties' sites using a widely used coding scheme. We then measure Irish political parties' internal organizations employing Janda's scale of centralization of power, and we use this measure as an independent variable. We test for the hypothesized relationship between the dependent and independent variables, employing non-parametric statistical techniques.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13691180903266945
Uncontrolled keywords: political parties, parties' websites, Irish politics, party organization
Subjects: J Political Science
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Laura Sudulich
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2018 14:39 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 20:19 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/66208 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Sudulich, Laura: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4337-1576
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