Political Expression and Action on Social Media: Exploring the Relationship Between Lower- and Higher-Threshold Political Activities Among Twitter Users in Italy

@article{Vaccari2015PoliticalEA,
  title={Political Expression and Action on Social Media: Exploring the Relationship Between Lower- and Higher-Threshold Political Activities Among Twitter Users in Italy},
  author={Cristian Vaccari and A. Valeriani and Pablo Barber{\'a} and Richard Bonneau and John T. Jost and Jonathan Nagler and Joshua A. Tucker},
  journal={J. Comput. Mediat. Commun.},
  year={2015},
  volume={20},
  pages={221-239}
}
Scholars and commentators have debated whether lower-threshold forms of political engagement on social media should be treated as being conducive to higher-threshold modes of political participation or a diversion from them. Drawing on an original survey of a representative sample of Italians who discussed the 2013 election on Twitter, we demonstrate that the more respondents acquire political information via social media and express themselves politically on these platforms, the more they are… Expand

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