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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10609/2041
Title: The Strategic Adaptation of Party Organizations to New Information and Communication Technologies : A Study of Catalan and Spanish Parties
Authors: Padró-Solanet, Albert
Other: E-Governance: electronic administration and democracy. GADE
Keywords: Cyberactivism
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3)
Type: Research paper
Citation: Padró-Solanet, A. (2009). The Strategic Adaptation of Party Organizations to New Information and Communication Technologies : A Study of Catalan and Spanish Parties.
Abstract: This paper focuses on the cases of the two major Spanish (PP and PSOE) and Catalan parties (PSC and CDC) in the period just after the Spanish general elections of May 2008, when these parties held their party conferences. In general, three kind of actors can be distinguished: first, cyber-activists that try to get formal recognition of their activity in their parties. Then, party leaders that can try to promote the presence of the party in cyberspace but that can also remain undecided because it is not clear the net electoral impact of the cyber-activism. Finally, some traditional off-line militants are typically reluctant to the recognizance of the cyber-activism because it threatens their expected payoffs within the party. This paper shows how our parties responded to the challenge of cyber-activism and concludes that their electoral situation, mediated by their ideology, organizational structure and type of membership, can help us to understand their differential degree of party organizational institutionalization.
Language: eng
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10609/2041
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