Engaging with European Politics Through Twitter and Facebook: Participation Beyond the National?

Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)


Our chapter illustrates how citizens can enact varying styles and degrees of political engagement through social media. It also investigates if citizens engage with political content in ways unhindered by national boundaries. We distinguish between three primary types of content styles (factual, partisan and moral) and four degrees of engagement (making, commenting, diffusing and listening). Moreover, we argue that differences in Twitter and Facebook’s digital architectures encourage certain styles and degrees of engagement over others, and that the two social platforms sustain different levels of transnational activity. Supporting our argument with European cases, we suggest that Twitter is more suitable to fulfil social media’s transnational promise than Facebook, which is better adept at stimulating political participation.


Political engagement Facebook Twitter Digital architectures Transnationalisation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Department of European StudiesLund UniversityLundSweden
  3. 3.Department of Media, Cognition and CommunicationUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  4. 4.ARENA Centre for European StudiesUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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