Political Parties in the Digital Age. The Impact of New Technologies in Politics

Lachapelle, Guy

With Philippe Maarek

Abstract

The Internet and “social media” may initially have been understood as just one more instrument politicians could employ to manage without political parties. However, these media cannot be reduced to being a tool available solely to politicians. The electronic media make reinforcement of the “glocalization” of the public and political sphere, a process already set in motion with the advent of television, and they can develop the trend even further.

Political parties are therefore once again becoming indispensable; they are in an unparalleled position to recreate social and political bonds, for only they stand both at the center and on the periphery of the new sphere encompassing public and political life.

 

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