The study of voting behaviour remains a vibrant sub-discipline of political science. The Handbook of Electoral Behaviour is an authoritative and wide ranging survey of this dynamic field, drawing together a team of the world's leading scholars to provide a state-of-the-art review that sets the agenda for future study. Taking an interdisciplinary approach and focusing on a range of countries, the handbook is composed of eight parts. The first five cover the principal theoretical paradigms, establishing the state of the art in their conceptualisation and application, and followed by chapters on their specific challenges and innovative applications in contemporary voting studies. The remaining three parts explore elements of the voting process to understand their different effects on vote outcomes. The SAGE Handbook of Electoral Behaviour is an essential benchmark publication for advanced students, researchers and practitioners in the fields of politics, sociology, psychology and research methods.

Chapter 38: Social Media and Elections: A Meta-Analysis of Online-Based Electoral Forecasts

Social Media and Elections: A Meta-Analysis of Online-Based Electoral Forecasts

Social Media and Elections
Andrea Ceron Luigi Curini Stefano M. Iacus


The growing number of worldwide citizens with access to the Internet, along with the striking growth in their use of social network sites such as Facebook and Twitter, pave the way to a new potential revolution. In the new ‘Big data world’ citizens surf the web, create their own account profiles, and share information online, providing scholars with precious data concerning several areas of study (Curini 2014) that can potentially yield consequences in the real world (King 2014). In the specific macro field linking social media and elections we can distinguish ...

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