Political Disaffection: a case study on the Italian Twitter community

Abstract

In our work we analyse the political disaffection or “the subjective feeling of powerlessness, cynicism, and lack of confidence in the political process, politicians, and democratic institutions, but with no questioning of the political regime” by exploiting Twitter data through machine learning techniques. In order to validate the quality of the time-series generated by the Twitter data, we highlight the relations of these data with political disaffection as measured by means of public opinion surveys. Moreover, we show that important political news of Italian newspapers are often correlated with the highest peaks of the produced time-series.

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@article{Monti2013PoliticalDA, title={Political Disaffection: a case study on the Italian Twitter community}, author={Corrado Monti and Alessandro Rozza and Giovanni Zappella and Matteo Zignani and Adam Arvidsson and Monica Poletti}, journal={CoRR}, year={2013}, volume={abs/1301.6630} }