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26Apr 2015


Title: ‘Digital Politics: Mobilization, Engagement and Participation’

Research Question: In what ways and under what conditions does political communication via digital platforms lead to increased and enhanced levels of engagement on the part of citizens?

Rationale: A wealth of studies have explored online political communication since the early 1990s, parallel to this research significant interest has been given to how digital technologies offer pathways to participation. We have learned from a range of studies that there are indications that digital technologies, and particular the spaces that permit social interaction, may facilitate forms of political engagement and lead to greater citizen mobilisation and participation in some forms of civic life from the very local to the supranational. While political participation on social media have been dismissed by some as lacking meaning, others propose that political participation should not be understood as a one-dimensional but as a multidimensional activity encompassing a range of activities. These activities include those that take place in the domain referred to as the ‘electronic republic’ or ‘digital agora’ where opinions can be expressed, understandings gained, alliances built and influence exerted vertically and, potentially, horizontally so realising the democratic ideals of collective participatory and semi-deliberative decision-making. 

There is much evidence that the conditions for and circumstances of political participation are adapting, however research shows a politics of disconnection with and re-alignment from electoral politics. Online tools can enhance learning, build communities or groups of online advocates, and facilitate a range of forms of engagement and participation but seldom, the notable exception being Barack Obama in 2008, are those tools utilised to their full potential by parties or individuals who seek votes or gain election to the chambers or loci of power. Rather we find that controlled or faux interactivity is the norm with little opportunity for influence and visitors required to work for the political actor or organisation rather than work with them. 

This special issue will explore the nexus between the use of the digital environment by political actors and organisations and the extent that their colonisation of the social web enhances engagement and participation. Articles will be theoretically driven analyses of empirical data and should focus on key questions arising from studies to date. For example: To what extent and under what conditions do political actors mobilize citizens and does this facilitate the emergence of new participation patterns? Does the social communication facilitated by digital technology create the conditions for new patterns of engagement with political actors and organisations or does their use for political communication just replicate longstanding paradigms? To what extent to we find political communication, political platforms or policy to be co-created and how can the forms of participation which lead to co-creation be understood, defined and measured? 

Our aim is to explore whether use of the Internet, particularly the features associated with the second digital wave of social media, which allow access to both pluralist and polarized information, but also facilitates interaction with texts, artefacts, is likely to enhance engagement with electoral politics or increase patterns of disconnection in this realm of politics while increasing greater engagement with non-electoral, issue politics. We will extend academic understanding of existing theoretical and empirical debates on the future of representative democracy in order to develop new understandings, applications and developments of theory to aid us to explain how the all-pervasive use of digital technology impacts upon democratic processes. Theoretical approaches that would seem appropriate are those surrounding theories of democracy and representation; public sphere approaches as well as theories concerning the cognitive and behavioural dimensions of political participation.

Guest Editors
Darren G. Lilleker, Bournemouth University, UK 
Karolina Koc-Michalska, Audencia Nantes School of Management, France 

10 April 2015 launch for the general call for papers
1 November deadline for submission of full papers

All submissions should be submitted via the journal’s website. All submissions will be reviewed.

20Jan 2015


The deadline for abstract submission for “Communication, Democracy and Digital Technology” conference organised by IPSA’s RC 34, RC 22 and RC 10 in Rovinj, Croatia on 2 and 3 October 2015 has been extended to 31 January 2015.


12Nov 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS: "Communication, Democracy and Digital Technology", Rovinj, Croatia, 2 - 3 October 2015

The conference is organised by a committee formed from IPSA RC10 (Electronic Democracy), RC22 (Political Communication) and RC34 (Quality of Democracy). The conference is going to take place in cooperation with the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb.

The conference theme focuses on the intersection between the work of three strands of political science, all of which ask questions of vital importance for the well-being of democracy globally. These questions revolve around measures, standards and analyses of the quality of democracy, the role of political communication in enhancing democracy and the extent that information and communication technology offers potential for a richer, interactive and co-created politics. Without imposing any normative ontologies onto the discussion we enquire how communicative acts, particularly but not exclusively those which take place using digital technologies, contribute positively or negatively to the quality of the democratic experience for citizens and to sustaining active democracies.

We therefore invite papers which contribute theoretically and empirically to this and relevant debates. Papers should have the concept of democracy (political participation, engagement and deliberation) at their heart and make explicit links to the contribution from theory and practice of digital political communication either by governments, political parties or candidates, media organisations, citizens, non-governmental actors or social movements. Papers focusing on cross-national comparative analyses are particularly welcome.

Selection will be based on the submission of abstracts which should contain the following information:

• Title

• Author and Affiliation

• Core theoretical premise of the paper

• Methodology and relevant information on data collection and analysis

• Key findings or questions that analysis will address if ongoing research

Abstracts should not be longer than 500 words.

Abstracts should be emailed to ipsa2015@fpzg.hr and must be received by 20 January 2015. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 1 March 2015.

Event fees

Conference fees include participation, conference packs, coffee breaks and welcome event.

Standard fee €120.00

Student fee €80.00

Please note that all participants wishing to attend need to pay a conference fee.

Key dates and deadlines

20 January 2015 Submission deadline

1 March 2015 Notification of acceptance

1 June 2015 Booking and registration deadline

1 September 2015 Full paper submission


Organising committee: ipsa2015@fpzg.hr

Local organiser: grbesa@fpzg.hr

About the venue

Hotel Lone is a unique design hotel in Croatia. Featuring an impeccable blend of luxury, beauty, style and cultural heritage, the five star boutique hotel is a perfect leisure and business destination. For more information check http://www.lonehotel.com/en/


Preferential rates have been negotiated in hotels Lone and Eden for the participants of the Conference. Hotels are located next to each other and are within a 10 minutes walk from the beautiful city centre. For more information about hotels check http://www.lonehotel.com/en/ and http://www.maistra.com/Eden_Rovinj.

For exquisite preferential rates and additional early birds discount please keep checking our conference website


Rovinj is only 30 minutes away from Pula airport which is very well connected with several European airports. Rovinj can also be easily reached via Trieste, Zagreb and Ljubljana. Special conference shuttles will be organised at all times from all these airports to Rovinj and from Rovinj to these airports.

16Sep 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS: ECPR Joint Session: workshop “Political Engagement in the Web.2.0 era. Co-Production in Election Campaigning”

We would like to invite you for submitting a paper proposal for our workshop “Political Engagement in the Web.2.0 era. Co-Production in Election Campaigning” supported by Standing group on Inte... organized within the ECPR Joint Session conference in Warsaw. The conference will take place at the Warsaw University from 29 March to 2 April 2015.

The deadline for submitting paper proposals is 1st December 2014 at http://ecpr.eu/Events/EventDetails.aspx?EventID=90 Please find below the short Call for papers and attached the longer version. Should you have any questions please contact us at ecpr2015@gmail.com no submission Our aim is to select the best papers, with a further purpose of publication (for those interested) in a special issue of a good journal or edited book.

Karolina Koc-Michalska, Communication School at Audencia Business School, France Darren Lilleker, Media School at Bournemouth University, UK

ABSTRACT Political engagement is at the center of political science research, especially concentrating on traditional and non-traditional web based forms of political participation. Debates are emerging surrounding new forms of participation offered by new digital wave era technologies, especially through the participatory opportunities offered by new communication platforms (such as social networks and microblogs). The aim of the workshop is to cover both aspects of political communication: the supply side - offered by political actors and the demand side – how audiences-citizens are interacting, or indeed want to interact with political actors. The workshop will focus on key questions arising from current studies. How do political actors communicate with their supporters and adversaries within the new communication environment created by platforms allowing for wide dissemination of information? Is there an emergence of new participation patterns among citizens or do digital technologies simply reinforce existing practices? Are traditional forms of political engagement challenged by new online participatory behaviors? Have any new forms of political engagement and participation emerged or are they just replicating longstanding paradigms? If new forms of engagement or participation are emerging, how can they be defined and measured, is the division between traditional and non-traditional, offline and online artificially sustained, or do they now overlap? Alternatively, are the new online engagement possibilities attracting different groups of citizens previously excluded?

05Jan 2013

Call for Papers IPSA-RC22 International Conference

12Dec 2012

2013 RC22 Conference in Granada, Spain.

Confirmed the dates for the next conference in Granada: 12th-13th September, 2013. We will publish the final call for papers very soon...

03Nov 2012

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01Nov 2012

Final program RC22 Political Communication Sessions

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26Jun 2012

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02May 2012

3rd International Summer School, University of Milan, Department of Social & Political Studies - 16-20 July 2012

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27Jan 2012

CFP: "Parties, People and Elections: Political Communication since 1900". On 14th June 2012, at People’s History Museum, Manchester, UK

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01Jul 2011

Joint IPSA-RC22 & IAMCR Political Communication Conference, Lisbon 17-18 Nov 2011

We are pleased to announce the upcoming joint conference of the Research Committee for Political Communication (RC22) of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) being organised in conjunction with the Political Communication Section of the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). The conference will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, on November 17-18, 2011.

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30Jun 2011

CFP for the IPSA World Congress: Madrid, 8-12 July 2012

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For more information on the congress, please consult the IPSA Website at http://www.ipsa.org/events/congress/madrid2012/congress-theme or contact the IPSA World Congress team (details at: http://www.ipsa.org/events/congress/madrid2012/contact-us).

If you are interested to participate in the Political Communication panels please contact Dr. Dominic Wring (Chair of IPSA RC22) at D.J.Wring@lboro.ac.uk.

The deadline for submissions of proposals is 5th August, 2011. Please send the name of the paper alone. There will be a later date (September) for the submission of the synopsis.

03Mar 2011

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02Feb 2011

Call for papers - “Net Campaigning in the Global Context: Appropriation, Invention, Transformation”

Workshop supported by the IPSA RC10 - Organized by the Faculty of Political Science, Zagreb, in partnership with DEL research network, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 30 - 31 May 2011

Deadline - 15 March 2011

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10Nov 2010

IPSA RC22 Political Communication on Facebook

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09Nov 2010

Call for papers - the ECPR General Conference, Reykavik 2011; Political Communication Section

The European Consortium for Political Research is hosting its 6th general conference at University of Iceland, on 25-27 August 2011.

The Political Communication section will host eight panels - further information is available here.

For information on submitting paper proposals please refer to the ECPR advice here. Panel chairs are also available for questions.

30Oct 2010

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07Oct 2010

Conference of the IPSA RC 22 - Research Committee for Political Communication - November 4th-5th 2010, Loughborough University, UK

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Further information is available here.

23Sep 2010

Call for Papers - "Communicating War in the Media and Arts", 28 January 2011, University of Liverpool

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